The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) team paid a courtesy visit to the Council to evaluate the impact of the USAID Nigerian Expanded Trade and Transport (NEXTT) project.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Shippers' Council, Mr. Hassan Bello, welcomed the USAID team to the Council and expressed gladness to have been part of the USAID NEXTT programme from inception.
According to him, the goals, objectives of the programme, are in consonance with that of Nigerian Shippers' Council and this informed their full participation and support for the USAID"s activities.
He also commended them for the foundation already laid by the USAID NEXTT programme especially in creating awareness for the need for trade facilitation, cost reduction and their unremitting efforts in making the port and Lakaji Corridor user friendly.
The NEXTT Project commenced October 2012 and planned for four years and expected to have ended in 2016. And in order to accmmodate its impact and cover more ground, the Project was extended for another year.
It is a trade and investment facilitation intervention aimed at diversifying the economic base of the country with a focus on Agriculture and value chain. And the focus area of the intervention is Lagos - Kano - Jabiya (Lakaji) Corridor of eight contiguous States of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Kwara, Niger, Kaduna and Katsina.