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NIMASA To Shipowners: Unite To Attract Govt’s Attention

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 12:03 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Indigenous ship owners need unity now and not the division currently proliferating association of ship owners. Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have said that with unity among the indigenous shipowners in the Nigerian maritime sector, they can attract the attention of the Federal Government.

A crisis of confidence has been rocking Nigeria Ship owners Association (NISA) since a member made allegation of fraud against its President, captain Niyi Labinjo. This followed the post election crises that trailed the emergence of Labinjo as President, resulting in the resignation of three members of the executive committee including the first vice president.

NISA now have two factions, one led by Labinjo and another led by an acting president. Another group left to form the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN).

“There must be development growth in individual capacity. The ship-owners should unite among themselves and it is only when they unite they can get the attention of the government,” Director General of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi said on Monday in Lagos at the 5th Nigeria Maritime Expo 2015 Conference, with the theme: “Regenerating Economic Growth Through the Maritime Sector.”

He noted that there were serious efforts by the Federal Ministry of Transport to look into the operational difficulties over the implementation of the Cabotage Act.

Represented by the executive director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Callistus Obi, Akpobolokemi said emphasis was being made on the development of indigenous acquisition of vessels.

Also speaking at the event, Mr. Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Shippers’ Council (NSC), said that Nigeria’s maritime industry needed to be well organized, “the government must consciously step into the industry and provide the environment needed for growth.”

He noted that investors were working under a harsh environment with no power for terminal operators, no good access road to the port and other terminals making cargo clearance difficult.

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