|Mr. Olumide Omotoso|
involves surveying, charting and buoying of the waters to safe navigation, must
be given prime attention in shipping, the body of hydrographers in Nigeria has
Mr. Olumide Omotoso, the Chairman, Nigeria
Hydrographic Society, Lagos/South West Zone and the Hydrographer General of the
Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), called attention to that fact while making
contributions to discussions at a recent focus group meeting held by the Nigerian
Chamber of Shipping in Lagos.
several discussions on how to grow the shipping sub-sector have not given the
required attention to hydrohgraphic services, which is all about safety for
difficult to fix is ensuring to carry everybody along. We have several
committees, but we are not building on anything, we just keep reinventing the
wheel all the time.”
institution in Africa training hydrographers on how to make the sea safe. An
obvious absence of a very important aspect for growing the sector.
creating a safe environment for navigation, Omotoso said that only a few weeks ago
when they buoyed the channel at Five Cowries creeks for inland waters, vessels
immediately started going into the water.
water. Without the hydrographic survey and charting of the waters, you cannot
buoy. It is an essential part of shipping.
that can offer expertise on what they are professional in. We can come and say
we are able to offer service in the aspect of safety in the areas that concerns
all the waters,” Omotoso said.
in Lekki, people still found it difficult to bring their boats from Ikorodo due
to lack of charts, just as boat operators get very mindful of the area from Victoria Island to Victoria Garden
the charting of the waters. We are proposing the national hydrographic
commission. We don’t even have inventory of all the rivers in Nigeria,” he