Category: Columns

Can Lagos cope with two new deep seaports?

The development of new deep seaport in Lagos is certainly a most welcome initiative since it will be a huge boon not only to the economy of the state but that of the...

Wanted: Tipping Point Leadership

Indigenous shipping is in shambles. I have often heard operators lament government neglect. In their opinion, government is the answer to all the problems they are...

Boarding, rummaging and sampling at Nigerian ports

Checks on ships at berth are statutory and are carried out all over the world but these vital components of port operation are being grossly abused on a daily basis and...

The way we are

There is a major problem at our seaports and that problem is basically that of an ambiguous clearing system. Unfortunately until the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris...

Our dead shipping companies

Ships & Ports Daily newspaper carried a stunning report last week that no fewer than 80 per cent of shipping companies owned by Nigerians have either completely shut...

Minister Idris Umar’s habitual lateness to official functions

The 2011 World Maritime Day celebration was scheduled to hold at 10am that fateful day, Tuesday 27th September, 2011 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, but it did not start...

The folly of import prohibition

Countries ban importation of certain items mostly to protect their local industries but in Nigeria, the resultant effect is more often than not, the opposite of that...

Using God to cover-up non-performance

It was Mrs. Margaret Onyema-Orakwusi, Chairman of the Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX) Planning Committee that invited me to the formal launch of the autobiography of...

Obasanjo, a maritime hero

“History will forgive us for taking wrong decisions but will never forgive us for not taking decisions at all.” – Author unknown Notwithstanding the various...

Another look at the cost of doing business in Nigerian ports

Private terminal operators have inadvertently become the whipping child of Nigerian ports. Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) used to be at the receiving end of the blame...

The burden of Nigerian seafarers

On Tuesday 25th June, 2013, we all gathered again on the occasion of the 3rd Day of the Seafarer event to pay tribute to the hard work and bravery of sailors worldwide....

Ship breaking: An untapped goldmine

Ship breaking or ship demolition is a type of ship disposal involving the breaking up of ships for scrap recycling. Most ships have a lifespan of two to three decades...

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