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Obasanjo Warns Against National Shipping Line

Posted: May 18, 2016 at 2:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

Andrew Utulu, Lagos Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised the Federal Government against resuscitating the defunct Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL).

Obasanjo gave the advice on Monday in his address as Chairman of a two-day stakeholders’ conference on the maritime industry held in Lagos.

The Former President blamed the demise of NNSL on lack of professionalism and high level corruption at the time.

“NNSL had been liquidated, they tried Nigeria Unity Line and it collapsed,” he revealed.

He added, “19 brand new ships were specially built for Nigeria, we did not take delivery of some of them until I left office in 1979. When I came back in 1999, NNSL had been liquidated with all the 19 ships gone as well as the five ships in existence.

“Two of the ships were missing for almost two years and it was discovered that one military man was using them all over the world with no accountability.

“Until NIMASA became a source where people steal money, nobody knew too much about it. Before we tried to privatise Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), I went to Singapore where you get your container within one hour of arrival at the port.

He added, “If we cannot perform like Singapore, we have to do better than what we are doing now. We need to think out of the box and come up with what should be done to grow the maritime industry.”

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed that the Federal Government was ready to create an enabling environment in order for the maritime industry to attain its rightful position.

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  • Aug 1, 2016 at 1:01 pm Omoba USA

    Please Baba Obasanjo stop discouraging the builders of Nigeria

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