on Tuesday lamented the continued dominance of the coastal trade in spite of
the provisions of the Cabotage Act.
President, Capt. Dada Labinjo, said that
the indigenous shipowners had been rendered jobless, while
foreign operators smile to the banks since the trade was left unprotected.
their responsibilities and encouraging corrupt practices to the detriment of
the businesses of the indigenous shipowners.
ships despite the prohibitions in the Cabotage Act.
waivers as required under Section 9-11 of the Cabotage Act. It is a common
sight to find Filipinos, Indians, Koreans, Pakistanis onboard product tankers
and offshore support vessels engaged in the Nigerian Cabotage trade.
Australians protect their Cabotage area, which I fondly call ‘nurseries’, we in
Nigeria have left the ‘gate’ to the pen opened and the hawks and hounds have
gone in to wreak havoc.
provide tacit support in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars.”
meaningless to own one million ships without the opportunity to be engaged for
we will reject them because ships are bought in anticipation of getting jobs.
is acquired and no job is being done, “Labinjo said.
employed, while about N5.4 billion could also be earned from Nigeria’s monthly
importation of 1.8 billion litres of petroleum products.
happen if the transportation of the products was exclusively done by indigenous
could be created and an annual $15billion saved from capital flight if the
International Oil Companies (IOCs) engage indigenous shipowners in lighterage
the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) notice to all
foreign owned, registered and crewed vessels not to renew their contracts on
Requirement by IOCs for the period 2015-2020 is 900 vessels. The NCDMB has
served notice to all foreign owned, crewed and registered vessels that their
contracts will not be renewed on expiration.
line with the provisions of the CabotageAct
and the NCD Act.
required offshore support vessels. When this is fully operational, another
700,000 direct and indirect jobs shall be created with an annual spend of $15
billion saved from capital flight,” the NISA President said.