On Monday,the Senate moved to Lagos to meet with stakeholders in the marine industry and also conduct an on the spot assessment of the challenges in the industry.
According to report, during the meeting which lasted for hours, the Senate delegation made up of members of its committee on Marine Transport, through Senator Ubah, reassured Nigerians that the upper chamber will always act in favour of their interests. They also maintained that they will work closely with the executive arm to ensure that the challenges being faced by importers and other businesses due to high shipping costs are reduced to the barest minimum.
In a short remark at the end of the assessment visit and meetings , the Anambra South Senator thanked the Senate for taking prompt action on his motion. The Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial district, Senator Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, made the call for an urgent Federal Government intervention on high shipping costs in Nigeria. He also maintained that with the visit and subsequent engagements with relevant authorities, it is highly expected that Nigerian bussineses especially importers will soon smile to the banks as the effect of the anticipated reduction in shipping costs will go a long way in boosting their businesses and promoting the Nigerian economy.
Furthermore, he reassured Ndi Anambra South, Anambrarians, Igbos and Nigerians in general that he will always put in his best in championing their interests.
It is believed that this move by the Senate will also benefit Ndigbo who are mostly traders, which is one of the core visions of Senator Dr Patrick Ubah at the red Chambers,which is to promote trade, industry and enterprise among Igbo’s and Nigerians in general.
The Senator, also went on to state that, Championing the economic indices that will keep driving the igbo economy is his core mandate and this intervention will go a long way in alleviating the sufferings of importers who are majorly igbo bussiness sons and daughters.
Present at the meeting with the Senate delegation were representatives of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) the Assistant General Manager (Operations), Engr. Ibrahim Y. Anji, the Executive Director (Marine & Operations) Hon. Onari Brown, and the General Manager (Monitoring & Regulatory Services) Ugo Esther Madubuike. Also present were representatives of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) led by its Director General/Chief Executive Officer Dr. Bashir Jamoh, NIMASA’s Executive Director (Administration & Finance) Chudi Offodile and its Executive Director (Cabotage Services & Maritime Labour) Engr. Victor O. Ochei Esq.
According to report, the Senate Committee engagements with the relevant stakeholders is billed to continue today.