Representative of the Managing Director (NPA)/ General Manager Corporate &
Strategic Communications (C&SC) Engr. Jatto .A. Adams receiving a corporate
award for transparency and Infrastructural Development in Nigerian Ports from the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council Hassan Bello during
industry have called on the government to consider policies and some incentives
that could grow the shipping sector for the benefit of operators and the nation’s
Lecture/Awards and Patrons’ Investiture ceremony held on Thursday in Lagos by
the League of Maritime Editors, with the theme “Indigenous Fleet Development,
Shippers Council (NSC) and Guest Speaker on the occasion, advocated for a
deliberate government policy that would provide national incentives to
encourage indigenous fleet development in the nation’s shipping industry.
for the sector, to gain and sustain investors’ trust and ensure protection from
but reliable ship registration procedure” which is efficient and full of
and procedures in support and protection of the registered ships, a systematic
approach to the establishment of merchant shipping security and administration
that provide confidence in shipping trade and understanding of the
international shipping community;
Establish a reliable statistical data for the
manning of flag ships and well coordinated training, examination and
certification of seafarer in Nigeria; strategic plan and implementation
procedures to ensure availability of cargo for interested indigenes; concern
for ships’ repair and husbandry; reasonable protectionism for national fleet in
operational procedures even when such requirements are not statutory or
institutionalized; reliable communications and assistance to fleet; all
entities concerning the carriage of national cargo should develop common
interest on the sustainable success of the policy.
of national incentives would go a long way in fostering growth and development
of the indigenous fleet in Nigeria.
Bello disclosed that the Nigerian Fleet
Implementation Committee which he chairs, has so far identified zero import
duty on vessels, tonnage tax as among the incentives necessary for the growth
of indigenous fleet.
discussing the need to abolish temporary importation permit, shipping sector
support fund of about -2%per annum/9%, waiver of export tariff for use of
Nigerian vessels and right of first refusal for National Carriers in the
procurement process for cargo.
issuance of work permit only upon verification of unavailability of ratings or
officers, change of Nigeria’s crude oil policy, CAC to adopt FIRS’s zero duty
for ship finance registration and preferential berthing privileges.
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has so far expressed delight at the prospect of the country
trying to find ways to return to international shipping and has directed the
NFIC and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) to review the
proposal and work out the details of incentives stating a holistic and credible
approach to address the issues and represent for consideration and approval.
Committee has held meetings with the NIPC to work out the modalities for the
granting and implementation of incentives to achieve the development and
sustainability of the national fleet.
Committee to identify partnerships, benefits and the role of the private sector
in achieving the Nigerian fleet project.
Chairman of the occasion, Capt. Emmanuel
Iheanacho described the incentives being sought by the National Fleet
Implementation Committee headed by Bello as what would turn around the nation’s
it covered a series of options available in indigenous fleet development,
however warned against government appointing the Chief Executive Officer (CEP)
in the case of public private partnership (PPP) leading to establishment of a
fleet company because of the experience of the Nigerian National Shipping Line
Publishers, also called for capacity building support in the nation’s maritime
President of the League, Mr Kingsley Anaroke in
his welcome address on the occasion of seminar said the need for the support become
necessary as the maritime media, mainly publishers share the fate being
suffered by the Nigerian indigenous ship owners.
result of lack of funds to acquire fleet, the maritime media publishers have
been faced with capacity development issues, including the resources needed for
investigative and developmental journalism.
adding that the situation is worsened by lack of patronage by the agencies of
government in the sector.
Anaroke said that this is even worrisome since
maritime media is inundated with series of press releases being churned out by
the agencies and which are published.
publishers are critical stakeholders in the sector and should be treated as
such. With about 65 Magazines, newspapers and online independent publishers in
the sector, they have a combined workforce of over 255 members of staff with
almost zero advert patronage on the average monthly from the maritime agencies
and operators yet they have been adjudged as the most active in Africa.”
(NSC) , Sifax Group and Comet Shipping received corporate awards from the
League for their contributions in the industry.
National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Chief
Boniface Aniebonam ,and the former President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs
Agent (ANLCA) , Prince Olayiwola Shittu.