Reasons have been given why an advocacy body, Maritime Advocacy and Action Group (MAAG), was established in the maritime sector of the economy.
National Coordinator of MAAG, Alhassan Dantata says the group is out to ensure fairness and equity for all stakeholders in the Logistics and Supply chain Industry.
Dantata made this known while hosting a delegation of the Save Nigeria Freight Forwarding Importers and Exporters Coalition SNFFIEC at the MAAG Secretariat.
According to him, the era whereby hardworking operators in the industry go home hungry is over. We will do everything within the law to protect the interest of members, and give them a sense of belonging by enforcing the rule of law.
He said in line with the motto of MAAG, Nigeria First, the interest of Nigeria comes first in everything and that the group is all out to complement the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
He urged practitioners in the industry to be prepared for the expected overhaul in the industry especially with the new status of the Nigeria Shipperâ€™s Council as the financial regulator of the ports, and advised members of the Save Nigeria Coalition to brace up for the challenges ahead.
Dantata advised them to see themselves as members of the one family of MAAG and that unity of purpose should be their watchword.
He said MAAG which is an umbrella body of twelve major associations and organizations in the industry has the mandate of those in authority to stamp out corruption and any wrongdoings from the system.
The National Co-ordinator of the Save Nigeria Freight Forwarding Importers and Exporters Coalition, Dr. Osita Chukwu had earlier commended Dantata for the way he has been piloting the affairs of the group.
Chukwu said his philosophy and leadership style are in tandem with that of his coalition and that these have restored hope in the industry.
The SNFFIEC Co-ordinator said the visit is to show appreciation to the MAAG National Coordinator, and also to assure him that the Save Nigeria Group members are solidly behind him.
He implored Dantata to use his good office to cleanse the logistics and supply chain of the wrongdoings in the sector.
He stressed the importance of educative programmes for practitioners to enhance their knowledge and boost their level of awareness about the industry.
He explained that through enlightenment and awareness maritime practitioners will become useful to themselves and the country.