Abuja — The executive secretary/CEO Nigerian Shippers Council, Hassan Bello has sharply criticized the imposition of surcharges on Nigerian-bound cargoes as a result of non-existing security concerns along the Gulf of Guinea region.
Bello lambasted foreign carriers of mis-categorisation and exaggeration of security situation in Nigeria to justify surcharges unjustly levied on cargo destined to Nigeria. He said there are security challenges but it is not peculiar to Nigeria alone as many countries of the world are witnessing such security challenges.
He pointed out that such incidences like pilfering, armed robbery at sea piracy and other infractions are not too frequent in our shores and is of less magnitude but our detractors will always magnify it to portray us in bad light, Bello bemoaned.
He commended the collaboration between the Nigerian Navy, NIMASA and other relevant security agencies which to a large extent has reduced considerably such incidences in Nigerian water ways as statistics has shown that Nigerian Navy has foiled about 90 percent of such incidence in our water ways.
LEADERSHIP recalls that the Nigerian Shippers Council as ports economic regulator has called for inter-agency collaboration to strengthen institutional capabilities that will create a seamless security architecture that will provide a robust security in our maritime domain thereby adding value to the stimulating of our national economy.