The Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) Barrister Emmanuel Jime has challenged stakeholders in Benue and Nasarawa States to ensure optimal utilisation of services provided by its office in the area.

The ES/CEO gave this charge on Monday in Makurdi, the state capital during a ceremony to mark the reopening of the council’s area office shutdown in 2020 upon recommendations of a technical committee by the Federal Ministry of Transport.

Stressing the need for the reopening of the office, Jime said: “Having carefully considered the economic viability and potentials of Benue and it’s environs, particularly with the growing clusters of export processing companies in the zone, the council reconsidered the need for the resumption of her activities and services in Benue State.”

He recalled how upon assumption of office one year ago, Benue Shippers Association (BSA) visited him in Abuja where he made the promise to make Benue feel the impact of his office, saying he is happy he is fulfilling that promise.

In their goodwill messages during the event, Mhii Aii Yenge who spoke on behalf of Levi Orbem Yakubu, Dr. Paul Ubwa and All Progressives Congress guber candidate in the 2023 general elections, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, all hailed Jime for remembering home while urging Benue people to take advantage of the opportunity.

Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs,George Akume, who was represented by Chris Tarka while congratulating the ES for his efforts also thanked the Minister of Transport for reopening of the Port Harcourt- Kano railway line.

He enjoined Benue people to partner in maximizing benefits of the office.

Governor Samuel Ortom hailed the Nigerian Shoppers’ Council boss for his intervention in General Hospital, North Bank by donating items and award of contract for renovation of the facility, describing it as commendable and encouraging.

The Governor, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr. Gabriel Nyitse, urged the council to sustain the training to enable Benue people meet the standard of export products for enhanced economy.

He also appealed for employment of Benue indigenes in the council while commending Messrs Dajo Pottery for the award won for the state and country in Senegal.

The event featured decoration of the Executive Secretary, the Minister of Special Duties as well as the Governor Ortom in Tiv traditional attire.

The NSC also donated several items to General Hospital, North Bank, Makurdi as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Some of the items include: A generator, 10 rechargeable fans, bed and mattresses, Solar Energy Refrigerator, washing machines, electric cattles, pressing irons and mosquito nets among others.

The Executive Secretary informed that contract has already been awarded for renovation of hospital buildings as part of the councils CSR adding that work will soon commence on the buildings.