West Africa Transporters To Float Maiden Chapter In Lagos

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The West Africa Road Transport Union {WARTU} is set to establish the first chapter office in Nigeria as way to consolidate and promote international trade in the region.

The union which interest is to promote trade within the region; center round maritime operations, agriculture, industry and international trade among member nations.

 Speaking at a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Shippers Council in Lagos last week, delegate from WARTU, led by its Administrative Secretary Chief Stephen Okafor explained the visit was in line with mandate of establishing chapters in all the 15 members country.

 He said that part of the visit was to inform the council about the activation of WARTU and its operations within the West Africa region.

 The transport union according to him, is a body of truck owners within the West Africa region and was set up to give room for transportation within the respective boundaries.

 Okafor said the visit was in line on the recent change of guard in the Consumer Department at the council.

 The transporter further stated that WARTU was making effort to work closely with the Ministry of Work and that of transportation in order to look at the states of Nigerian roads.

 He added that members would enjoy the benefit of central tariff, and importers will pay less on their consignment during transit of goods within member nations.

 He stated that vehicles cannot last long when the roads were in bad shape, adding that truck owners within the region agreed to set up chapters in a member countries and Nigeria is the first port of call.

 Okafor however said that other member nations will further patronise Nigeria seaports because of the high traffic pedigree in recent times and further create business conducive environment for Nigeria ports

 ‘’We are set to establish a chapter in Lagos Nigeria  and all the fifteen member nations have resolved to acquire chapters across  the respective countries.’’ He explained that the body of transporters at continental level was also working closely with other Nigeria unions in haulage operations in order to achieve its set goals and visions.

 Okafor who also a chieftain of Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owner NARTO explained ‘’that setting up a chapter cannot be complete without informing the council on the development and we need to also be prepared on the task ahead’’

.The NARTO and WARTU Chief, further noted that with assistance from the Nigerian Shippers Council, more logistics companies would be gainfully engage in transportation business.

 Also speaking with journalists on the sidelines, Acting Director, Consumers Affairs department, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr. Oyebola Moses Olusegun said the transports union and the council have been partner in progress, calling for a larger roundtable meeting between both organisation.