By Shola Fadeyi
Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council(NSC) , Hon Emmanuel Jime with his predecessor , Barrister Bello at a reception organised in Lagos for Bello by his select group of Journalists friends in recognition of his strings of achievements, when he was the Chief Executive of the Council.
A large portrait of Hassan Bello presented to him by his journalist friends at the reception.
L-R: Martins Nwamadi, a media consultant ; Dele Aderibigbe, Publisher, MaritimeFirst Newspaper; Chief Boniface Aniebonam, NAGAFF Founder; Barrister Hassan Bello, Immediate past ES/CEO of Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Hon Emmanuel Jime, Current ES/CEO , NSC, ; Asu Beks, Publisher, Shipping World; Sesan Onileimo, Publisher , Shipping Position Newspaper; Kingsley Anaroke, Publisher , MMS Publications; Shola Fadeyi, Publisher, Marine&Economy Newspaper/ Online; Francis Ugwoke, Publisher , Shipping Day Newspaper; Moses Ebosele and Godwin Oritse, a Maritime Journalist with Vanguard Newspapers.
The immediate Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council(NSC) , Barrister Hassan Bello has that the present Chief Executive of the Council , Honourable Emmanuel Jime will surpass the achievements of the past heads of the Council, because of his experience and exposure.
Bello made this observation when a select group of maritime journalists , who are his friends and who also editors and publishers of their own titles organised a reception/lunch for him in Lagos, in recognition of the various legacies he left behind, his contributions to the development of the maritime sector and the collaborations he had with the media.
He gave credit to President Muhammadu Buhari who endorsed Jime’s appointment and to The Transportation Minister ,Rotimi Amaechi who recommended him .because of the positive impact he will make on the Council and the development of the Seaports sector.
According to him, Honourable Jime was reluctant to even accept the appointment at first, because of the so many other assignments he has at hand and other things, for which he would have used his time , but as to yield due to his quest to also add value to the Council and the economy, like other Executive Secretary before him.
Bello said , the fact that Jime was a two- time member of the House of Representatives, a former CEO of Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA) and Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly , is an indication of his value and the experience he has garnered .
He disclosed that he was not surprised about Jime’s choice for the position ,because NSC from inception has always been lucky to have wonderful CEOs who have performed excellently during their stints in the Council.
According to him, this is why the pioneer ES/CEO of the Council, Dr. Kingsley Usor was able to use meager funding to build the present corporate office of the Council while Chief Adebayo Sarumi, whom he described as the Doyen of maritime , Dr. Mrs Grace Obiozor and late Capt Adamu Biu left a lotof legacies in the Council.
He said, “My successor is a man of steel. A man who has valued experience that I can never dream of. He will perform more than all of us put together (referring to past Executive Secretaries of NSC). I assure you that he is going to do that”.
Bello described the media as critical to economic and political development of any nation and called on the maritime media to extend the same level of cooperation given to him when he was in the Council, to his successor.
He said he has a lot od respect for the maritime media, particularly the editors and the publishers , adding that he would not forget the series of articles they wrote to impress it on the public that the NSC was truly the ports economic regulator , a development ,according to him, made it possible for the Council to be well respected and accorded such recognition today.
Bello appreciated the support extended to the Council by the maritime media and the gesture by the journalists to organize the reception for him , appealing that they should give greater measure of support to his successor so that he would succeed in his plan for the Council.
Jime in his speech called for the support of the maritime media in information dissemination on the activities of the ports economic regulator ,adding that he would continue with all the programmes,namely the International Cargo Tracking Network (ICTN), among others , which Bello promoted while in office.
The founder of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam who also attended the reception called on the media to support the new NSC helmsman in his new assignment ,the same way it supported Bello.
He commended the organisers of the event for the honour bestowed on Bello, adding that it was a wonderful thing to come from journalists in the industry, and one that every former chief executive should wish.
The reception was organised for Bello more for the legacies of competent personnel , projects ,infrastructure, accountability and probity , automation and development of the seaports among others and the bonding with the maritime media which he left behind.