Funmi Coker
The Shippers? Asso­ciation Lagos State (SALS) Wednesday urged the Standards Organisation of Nigeria to de­velop Nigerian standards for importers.
The President of the associa­tion, Mr Jonathan Nicol, made the call in Lagos, stressing that Nigeria needs a standard that will agree with the country?s traditional concepts.
“The Standards Organisa­tion of Nigeria should give us Nigerian standard so that im­porters will know the standard we actually need in this country when we are importing goods.
“At the moment, we don?t have the Nigerian standard.`I think we use the U.K. standard. So we should draw up a stan­dard that will agree with our traditional concepts,? he said.
`He said Nigeria needed tech­nocrats to handle areas like the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); noting that at the mo­ment Nigerian Maritime Ad­ministration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was doing very well.
“We suggest that govern­ment in making their budgets should have 10 dollars from oil as savings always; and that 10 dollars should always be in our reserve banks. It is not subject to sharing from any state gov­ernment,“ he said.
He urged the Federal Gov­ernment to bring about san­ity in the port, stressing that the ports? access roads should be properly constructed and should also be available to only the port users with a view to in­creasing government?s revenue.



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