|Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, President of SOAN|
faulted the Nigerian Cabotage Act for not providing ground to encourage
Nigeria (SOAN), made this known in a forum organised by students at the Faculty
of Law, University of Lagos.
accessibility of funds as major problems associated with ship-building locally.
and Corporate Governance in Shipping”, said of the 600 ships operating on
Nigerian waters, only 10 per cent were owned by Nigerians.
industry in Nigeria was a major problem in possibility of ship building
set capacity or non-functional, which compelled the country to depend heavily
on imported steel plates, pipes and sections for its needs.
industry, as another major problem which Nigeria was yet address thoroughly.
were not structured for such long-term investments.
created room for waivers without considering a strategic plan and other
logistics for ship building locally.
statistics has shown that at the moment Nigeria has only one ship building
yard, located in Onne, Rivers State.
facilities for docking and general ship repairs,” he said.
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as a welcome
manpower needs of the industry since “development of manpower to run a
shipping industry is key to the sector.”
Association of Lagos State, said cargo remained the key element at the centre
of the shipping business.
operate, so, whenever the issue of shipping development was being discussed,
the cargo must be given its key play.
the students for organising the forum, saying the programme would help them
have better understanding of what obtains in the real world.
setting the pace.
know more about the industry, shows that there is a dearth of knowledge in the
the people in the industry for them to be enlightened and further informed
about the industry to which the students would want to learn more,” she
efforts would be made to bring back the maritime faculty because the students
want to know more about the shipping sector.
shown deep interest to know more about the industry.