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Ministerial Committees to develop strategies for growth of Nigeria’s maritime industry

Transportation Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi and Engr. Olu Akinsoji at  a Maritime Technical Summit  in Lagos recently.
The Minister of
Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday set up two committees with
specific responsibilities to develop key areas of the nation’s maritime
industry.

The two
sub-committees were formed from an initial committee set up by the minister barely
a week earlier, to address challenges restricting growth and development of the
industry.
One of the committees,
with its members including the Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian
Shippers’ Council among other big-time industry operators, is saddled with the
responsibility of working out modalities for the establishment of a national
shipping line.
The other
committee with the responsibility to rejig the Nigerian maritime Administration
and Safety Agency(NIMASA) to reposition in line with its establishing act for
economic benefit, has among its members the Maritime Academy of Nigeria(MAN)
Oron.
Other members
of the second committee include NIMASA, the National inland Waterways Authority
(NIWA) and other high-flying industry operators.
Top on the
issues discussed bordered on giving complete training to the nation’s cadets,
which includes the fundamental sea-time that would make them employable across
the world.
They discussed
the challenge of capital flights through freight, which could otherwise be
avoidable if and when the cabotage begins to be truly operational.
Other
highlighted issues are carriage of goods on Cost, Insurance and Freight, away
from the current Free on Board regime.
On the Cabotage
Vessel Financing Fund(CVFF) the minister insisted that the fund would not be
disbursed to individuals, but that its administration would follow a structured
system to serve the purpose for which it was established.
Members of the
committees are former Chairman, indigenous Ship-owners Association(ISAN), Chief
Isaac Jolapamo; Former Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria(MAN) Engr. Olu
Akinsoji; President, Association of Marine Engineers and Surveys(AMES) Engr.
Charles Uwadia; Lloyds Ambassador, Engr. Emmanuel Ilori, and Executive Director
Marine and Operations, Engr. David Omonibeke.
Others are President,
Ship Owners Association(SOAN) Engr. Greg Ogbeifun; Chair of the Shipping Forum,
Mrs Margaret Orawkusi; former Director-General of NIMASA, Mrs Mfon Usoro; Executive
Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barr. Hassan Bello; Director-General
NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Sahara Oil Boss, Mr Tonye Cole and Ship Finance
Expert, Sir Peter Olorunfemi.

Also present
are renowned Marine Engineer and Surveyor, Engr. George Agbajo; Engr. Kuzi
onyibe; Master Mariner, Capt. Wale Ishola; President of Nigerian Ship-owners
Association(NISA) Alh. Aminu Umar; Secretary to the African Ship-owners Association(ASA)
Ms Funmi Folorunsho and Managing Director, National Inland Waterways
Authority(NIWA) Mr Danladi Ibrahim.

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