Shippers Council Reiterates Commitment to Export Markets
…extends Partnership to Leather Manufacturers
LAGOS: In order to further develop the export market in Nigeria and as a way of encouraging small and medium scale industries, the Nigerian Shippers Council pledged its unwavering support for manufacturers and exporters of leathers under the aegis of Association of Leather and Allied Industrialists of Nigeria (ALAIN)
The acting Executive Secretary of the council, Barrister Hassan Bello made this declaration when the association led by its chairman, Mr. Chinonso Ememchukwu paid a courtesy visit to the council in Lagos today.
Bello who described the visit as the first since he was appointed in acting capacity at the council last year declared that the association is free to come to the council for support on matters bordering on their trade, especially as it concerns transportation and export of leather in Nigeria.
He assured the group that the shipper’s council will make sure the transport system they are going to use becomes accessible, available and affordable, adding that one of the statutory function of the Council which was established in 1978 is to facilitate import and export, as well as to encourage transportation of goods to final consumers.
In his speech, he said “the entrepreneurs and industrialists like you with such an important product is why Nigerian Shippers Council is set up, we are here at your services, for those of us who don’t know, Nigeria has the best leather in the World, the so-called Moroccan leather is nothing but leather from Sokoto red coat which have been exported and that is why we have these Italian issues”
“I am happy that we have rare people visiting us today, they didn’t come with paper or terrorists, they came with their products, we must support our small and medium scale industries, we must have advantages in certain sectors”.
Continuing, Barr. Bello explained that “It is our duty to facilitate trade; it is also our duty to increase production, because if there is no production then we cannot have trade, we don’t have products to export, emphasis should not only be on importation”
Speaking earlier, chairman of (ALAIN) Mr. Chinonso Ememchukwu explained that the mission of the group to the council is to have a better working relationship, and to seek the assistance and cooperation of the council in carrying out their trade.
Chinonso in his speech revealed that although the association has so many branches across Nigeria but the Lagos Chapter just got inaugurated last year.
According to Chinonso “we are here to have a better working relationship with Nigerian Shippers’ Council, we need assistance from the established association as big as Nigerian Shippers Council and we need cooperation at his best level, so we want to sit and deliberate or discuss a better working relationship” he said
He also added that the association is into leather, finished leather goods and leather product which also include the production and marketing of these products.
The group sampled some of its manufactured products at the council which includes; military boots, leather belts and other sundry materials.