|Mrs Bisi Akodu|
a call for Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act reform for the benefit of
indigenous ship owners.
Agbakoba Legal, made the call in Lagos.
enacted, Nigerian ship owners had yet to benefit from the coastal trade.
transportation of goods and services within the coastal and inland waters for
vessels registered in Nigeria and owned by indigenous ship owners.
excluded from the lucrative oil sector for lack of sea-worthy vessels, thereby
undermining provisions of the act restricting foreign vessels from operating in
Nigeria’s inland waters.
efforts to safeguard their economies by enforcing strict cabotage regimes to
build indigenous capacity and derived revenue from inland and coastal shipping.
(NPA) announced that 10 ships laden with various products including general
cargo, foods and petroleum products had arrived Lagos ports.
with food items, general cargo and petroleum products.
attached to the Federal Operations Unit (FOU) clashed with rice smugglers at
Sango Ota in Ogun State.
reportedly killed by stray bullets during the incident, while two others were
said to have sustained injuries and taken to hospital for treatment.
said the customs operatives chased the smugglers to Sango Motor Park and seized
the smuggled rice and cars.
were said to have blocked the road to prevent the customs operatives from
taking away their smuggled goods.
standstill in Apapa due to traffic gridlock.
Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) called for the establishment of
truck parks as a lasting solution to the perennial gridlock along Ijora-Wharf
that the situation was beyond the truck owners since there were no parks to
accommodate the trucks.
concession arrangement, saying that they did not consider an alternative
location for the trucks before asking them to leave the port premises.
National President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents
(ANLCA) urged the Federal Government to make importation of equipment duty free
for automobile parts manufacturers.
government would encourage the manufacturers to bring in their equipment, to
create more jobs and to support the local assembly plants.
Shittu, however, said that 70 per cent import duty on used vehicles
would push the business of vehicle imports to neighbouring countries.