|Rev. Jonathan Nicol, President, Shippers Association of Lagos State|
downturn, which has had a negative impact on trade.
downturn of imports because government introduced some import policies that
shippers couldn’t cope with, and they had to move en-mass to other African
countries, and became a threat to our economy.
about, helped in pushing the informal sector away, which is where the money is
for now. We discovered that there were too many government agencies and each of
them had their own beats against the shipper, which ought not to be.”
of cargo to other countries was a disaster to the maritime industry because the
maritime industry story cannot be complete without mentioning cargo.
port. All other component that make up the port depends on the cargo; both wet
and dry cargo and we are losing so much, even wet cargo, that is, our crude
oil, everything plunged.”
should reverse some of the import adjustment policies, but decried a ‘no
response’ on the part of the ministry of finance that should be concerned with
goods as clothing saying that it was wrong as the country had yet to operate
companies like Dunlop and Michelin to leave Nigeria for other countries
following the perpetual power failure.
are the questions we should ask ourselves. And why did they leave this country?
It is difficult to do business here.
an industry, you end up spending three times the amount to run the industry,
there is no use.
Ghana, same thing with Michelin. First, they need power, and the power has been
money spent on building the power industry, it was still being sabotaged by
importers of generators.