complete reforms going on in the maritime sector by sponsoring and enacting a
bill that will lead to the creation of Ministry of Maritime Industry (MoMI).
would assist the government to restore the lost glory of shipping and
maritime sector of the economy.
Senate Committee on Marine Transport in collaboration with the Federal Minister
of Transport in Lagos on Thursday, the founding president of the Nigerian
Chamber of Shipping (NCS), Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and other stakeholders
urged members of the National Assembly to impress it on the Federal Government
to create a special ministry for the maritime sector and introduce other
reforms that would bring about efficiency and productivity at the nation’s sea ports.
collapsed of the ports access roads, and decried the situation which has
resulted to additional transportation costs as a result of inaccessibility to
the ports, which warranted demurrage on both empty and loaded containers.
mechanism and appropriate legal framework and appropriate institutions.
the ministry of transport; what we need is a ministry of shipping.”
from the Lagos ports, he urged members of the committee and the Federal
Government to direct the contractor handling the Ijora Bridge to fix the failed
section of the bridge to reduce the hardship.
Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), the umbrella body of terminal
operators in the country, Princess Vicky Haastrup said that the closure of a
section of the Ijora Bridge, which links Apapa to other parts of the Lagos
metropolis through the Wharf Road, has contributed significantly to the problem
of quick cargo clearance from the ports.
challenges in paying their workers because of the numbers of days it take to berth
vessel at their terminals because of the gridlock.
Folarin, and other speakers at the event suggested improvement in
infrastructure and service delivery.
upgraded to feature modern equipment, good road network as he decried a
situation where it takes several days for vehicles to access the Lagos ports.
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Executive
Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) Mr. Hassan Bello, and Managing
Director Nigerian Inland Waterways (NIWA), Olorunnibe Mamora, commended the
committee for bringing legislative matter to the door step of Nigerians.
commendation based on their patriotic and pragmatic approach to issues of
committee of their support and collaboration to move the industry forward.