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SON, Shippers Council harp on integrity

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) have emphasised the need for players in the nation’s maritime industry to adhere strictly to codes of ethics with utmost integrity to boost trade facilitation while also curtailing the influx of substandard goods into the country.

Both agencies stated that about 80 per cent of substandard cargoes that find their way into the nation’s shores are attributable to lack of integrity on the part of Industry players than regulatory failure. They called on players in the maritime sector to always carry out their activities in line with global best practices.

They gave the advice at a joint sensitisation workshop on ethics and integrity for maritime Stakeholders organized by the SON and NSC in Lagos.

Addressing participants at the workshop, Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma represented by the Director, Compliance, Engr. Obiora Manafa said the partnership with NSC was in consonance with the Federal Government’s directive on synergy among its agencies to promote the ease of doing business and the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

He pointed out that the workshop further exemplified the collaboration between SON and NSC in ensuring effective service delivery to stakeholders beginning with adequate sensitization.

Also, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hassan Bello, said the seminar was aimed at ensuring that stakeholders adhere to international best practices in the conduct of their export and import businesses.

He said it would help to actualize the NSC’s drive for a new port order to reduce costs, improve efficiency and combat the influx of substandard products.

 Victoria Chimezie

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