Shipowners association condemns establishment of parallel body

 The Nigerian Indigenous Ship-owners Association (NISA) has condemned the creation of a parallel ship-owners association.

The association’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Ilori, expressed this in an interview in Lagos.

It would be recalled  that a group of 22 indigenous ship-owners who were aggrieved following the outcome of the association’s election that held in 2014, formed the Ship-owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) in April 2015.

President of the SOAN, Mr Greg Ogbeifun, had told Newsmen at a  briefing that the association’s members still had their membership with NISA.

He also stated that the new association was established to facilitate participation of Nigerian ship-owners in international fora on shipping matters through effective representation at such meetings.

The NISA publicity secretary, Ilori, however, said that claims by SOAN in championing a course was only an excuse as NISA had provisions to take care of such needs.

He said that the development was not in any way good for the ship owners sector and the larger maritime industry.

“We have been told that they still remain members, but then, there is provision within the constitution to address some of the issues that they claim they are now championing. 

“This is going to cause a division for the Nigerian Ship owners industry, for the Nigerian maritime industry and such division are not necessary at this time.

“We need to speak with one voice to be able to articulate and address the problem of the industry,’’ Ilori said.
Ilori said that the ship-owners association would review the development and act appropriately to avoid being dragged back to where it had long gone past.

“We will review this and appropriate action will be taken in line with the constitution of the Nigerian Ship-owners Association.
“I believe that democratically, Nigerian ship-owners have come of age, and we cannot afford issues that will drag the industry back to the dark ages,” he said.

Ilori stated that no self-serving action would be in the interest of job-creating opportunities as expected of the Nigerian shipping industry.

He said it was regrettable for anyone to stand against a free, fair and credible election that produced a set of competent industry players who can confidently respond to all issues in the industry.

Speaking with Ogbeifun on the issue, he said the association was focused developing the shipping sector for the benefit of the economy.