The Executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers ‘ Council, Barr Hassan Bello has debunked insinuations that policies on palletisation of cargoes has been suspended .
The NSC boss who reaffirmed that the policy has commenced since January, also added that the Council spearheaded the introduction of the policy that has been on ground without implementation.
Hassan made the clarification ,Thursday at a meeting with stakeholders on the efficient take off of the Kaduna Inland Dry Port in Lagos.
He said, “I will use this opportunity to clarify the issue of palletisation. I think there is a newspaper saying it has been suspended quoting shippers’ council but that is not true.
“The palletisation issue is already on from 1st January, therefore there is no going back on palletisation because the policy has been on ground for a long time and it was the Shippers’ Council that said we must have the buy-in of stakeholders.
“We took the concern of stakeholders to appropriate authorities and the authorities acted on the concern of the operators and try to mitigate or alleviate whatever the issues are.
“Palletisation is not suspended, there is no going back in pallettisation, ” he emphasised.
While speaking about the smooth take off of the Kaduna Inland Dry Port, Bello explained that “The issue of dry port is very very important to the Federal government and we are anxious about the successful implementation.
“This is why we are here to seek your suggestion and cooperation. At the beginning like this, there are always some teething problems but I believe with you, we will provide that synergy with critical stakeholders “,he added.
On his part, Managing Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation,Mr. Fidet Okhiria said plans are in place to import more wagons for the rail.
Okhiria said that the cargo wagons would convey bulk of cargoes from the shippers to the dry port adding that containers destined for kaduna state will go by rails.
Also speaking at the event, Port Manager of the Kaduna Inland Dry Port (KIDP), Mr. Rotimi Raimi urged government to link rail lines to the dry port .
Raimi said that the dry port would provide mass employment for Nigerians stressing the need for truck owners to be involved for the purpose of cargo movement to the facility.
He added that the dry port would further boost trade facilitation and increase revenue.