By Okezie Nnadi
THE Chartered Institute of Export and Commodity Brokers of Nigeria (CIECOBON) has urged the Federal Government to establish an export-specific port to further encourage exports.
Members of CIECOBON led by its President/Council Chairman, Dr. Ayobami Omotoso, made this appeal when they paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer and Management of Nigerian Shipper’s Council (NSC), Emmanuel Jime, in Lagos recently.
Omotosho sought NSC’s cooperation in promoting export.
He also called on NSC to appeal to the Federal Government to establish an Export-specific Port to bolster exports in the country.
The CIECOBON president said lack of flat-bottomed vessels to transport cargos to Apapa rendered the use of Ikorodu Lighter Terminal once designated for export, a dead on arrival decision.
Omotoso disclosed that one of the shipping lines operating in the sub-region has been providing open roof-top vessels for Ghanaian exporters of produce. He pleaded with NSC to discuss the possibility of extending such a service to Nigerian exporters because the RIFA containers that should ordinarily be used are too expensive for many exporters.
The Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel Jime warmly welcomed the delegation and assured them that part of NSC’s mandate, being in alliance with that of CIECOBON, will result in a partnership that will benefit the nation’s economy.
He commended the doggedness of CIECOBON in promoting export through advocacy and capacity building. He enjoined the body to keep forging ahead in its mission with patriotic zeal.
He also assured the delegation that NSC will discuss the request for open rooftop vessels.
The Chartered Institute of Export and Commodity Brokers of Nigeria (CIECOBON ) came into existence in 2015 following National Assembly approval of the merger of the Institute of Export of Nigeria (IEON) and Commodity Brokers Association of Nigeria (CBAN)