The new Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC) Hon Emmanuel Jime has been accused of neglecting his duty and shunning stakeholders since he assumed office as the new ES.
This is said to have cause a slow down on ways to tackle the myriad of problems confronting the industry with the view of charting the way forward for the nation’s maritime sector.

Speaking during a media interaction with journalists in Lagos, at the weekend.

The President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Prince Adewale Adeyanju has publicly denounce the work attitude of the new Executive Secretary/Chief Executive of Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC)

Adeyanju made reference to the reported invasion of the offices of some of the shipping companies in Lagos by the alleged officials of the Federal Consumers Competition Protection Commission (FCCPC) with heavily armed men, this he used to explain why he is so worried over how the Nigeria Shippers Council has fail to fulfill its responsibilities in just few months that Barr. Hassan Bello, the immediate past ES/CEO of the Council who retired from service.

Adeyanju said: “This development explains the issue I am raising about the new man at the Shippers’ Council who is not meeting with stakeholders.
Adeyanju who also recognized the activeness and commitment of the past ES said,” If the invasion of the shipping companies’ offices had taken place in the time of Hassan Bello you will see him in the forefront of the struggle to engage those invaders. He will be there.”

He further said, “We have written to congratulate Emmanuel Jimmy on his appointment, and for a courtesy visit, but he has never deemed it fit to meet with the union so that we can advise him.

Making reference to the invasion of the shipping companies by government agency, he said,”nobody can enter your compound without due process.”
When that invasion occurred, we were taken aback with my team. We left this office around 8pm that day. When they came, they attacked Hull Blyte, Cosco and others to the extent that they invaded the shipping Line’s servers.

According to him,”We condemned that act no doubt, but a senior officer of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (name withheld) called me and asked me where those government officials that invaded the shipping companies with heavily armed came from. My response to him was simple, you are the regulator, and you need to investigate them properly.

“We, however, wrote to the new man at the Shippers’ Council over the incident, but no response. So we felt we could handle it in our own style. We are watching the new ES. As a regulator of the port industry your door must be open to those you are regulating always. That is how it was in the time of Hassan Bello and that is why the industry is already missing him,” he said.

Comrade Adeyanju further recalled with nostalgia the administration of Barr. Hassan Bello, saying, “Leaders come and leaders go, what you do will also be on record and I am telling you today that we are missing somebody in the industry, somebody that has been an intermediary between maritime stakeholders whenever the need arises. When he was there we did not value his performances, we thought what the man was doing was not supposed to be his job but where are we now? I am talking about Alhaji Hassan Bello the former Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers’ Council. We are missing him greatly within this short period that he has been retired.

“I am not trying to praise him, but the truth is that when Bello was the ES at the Shippers’ Council, you will see him at the terminals. But now the council is not visible as it was during Bello. It’s a fact whether you like it or not.
Since the appointment of the new ES, has he called any stakeholders meeting, how is he doing his job? he asked.

“To us at MWUN we don’t know if the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council has been changed, all we know is that Hassan Bello is on leave and that is my word.
The MWUN President also appreciated the activeness of the acting MD of NPA, according to him,the acting MD of NPA has been active, whenever there are issues with the terminal operators and if he is not available, he will send the Port Manager to liaise with us.This he said has brought a cordia working relationship between the agencies within the industry.

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