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NIMAREX 2015: Ports Regulator tasks FG on Maritime Industry development


The nation’s
ports regulator, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) on Monday urged the federal
government to pay special attention to the development of the maritime
industry.

The
Executive Secretary of the NSC, Mr Hassan Bello, made the call at the opening
ceremony of the 2015 Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX) at the EKO Hotel and
Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.


Bello said there
was no better time than now, to make the conscious effort to make good use of
the potential for economic growth that is available in the industry.


“This is the
best time to look at the economic importance of the sector and see how it
translates into growth.
“Government
needs to organise and channel its conscious efforts to providing the
environment for growth of the industry,” Bello said.
Speaking on
the state of infrastructure, which should enable the industry move forward,
Bello said the state of the port access roads and lack of efficient power
supply was a big challenge.


He said that
dealing with the challenges in the industry such as the poor access roads and
lack of power supply, the maritime industry would contribute it’s expectations
to the nation’s economy.


Speaking at
the event also, Barr. Calistus Obi, an Executive Director, Cabotage and
Maritime and Maritime Service, NIMASA, encouraged indigenous ship owners to
unite for them to get the needed attention of government for the growth of the
industry.

Obi also
said that in the bid to support indigenous capacity, NIMASA had developed its
human capacity building programme, an initiative to develop indigenous
seafarers.

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