Category: Issues in the news

SON speaks on online portal hiccups 

Do you support moves by the Standards Organization of Nigeria to return to the port?

I am in support of it because most government agencies not officially assigned to be at the seaports are currently unofficially around or having their operatives...

Chartered Institute of Transport hails Jamoh’s appointment as NIMASA DG

What is your take on the appointment of Bashir Jamoh as DG of NIMASA?

I am in total support of the appointment of Jamoh as DG of NIMASA. I believe he is an advocate of development of indigenous shipping capacity. Hence, we expect him to...

Do you think the ban on okada has affected cargo clearance at the port?

Do you think the ban on okada has affected cargo clearance at the port?

It has not because every freight forwarder does not go into the port by okada. We Nigerians are very resilient, people immediately found alternatives by using the ban of...

Do you think Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) will curb criminal activities in the port?

Do you think Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) will curb criminal activities in the port?

I do not think that CTN will curb criminal activities in the port. We have tried CTN years back, and for reasons best known to the regulators, it was discontinued. The...

FOU impounds 78 vehicles worth N1.9bn in 12 months

Should Customs revert to manual auction of seized vehicles?

Reverting to the old manual method of auctioning seized vehicles is like going back to Egypt, the land of suffering and bondages. It is like taking a step forward and...

Customs suspends fuel supply to border filling stations 

Should the border closure policy be sustained?

It should be sustained because it has really helped checkmate the influx of arms into the country and push citizens back to agriculture. If our border is reopened, our...

Shipowners laud NPA for abolishing safe anchorage 

Do you support the cancellation of so-called Secured Anchorage Area by NPA?

  The Nigerian Navy, NIMASA and Marine Police have the statutory responsibility of ensuring safe and secure Nigeria territorial waters. I am aware that the Nigeria...

2019 Ships & Ports Maritime Cup

Comments on Ships & Ports Maritime Cup Competition 

It is a nice competitive game and it is quiet enjoyable to watch. The organisers of the competition are doing a great job putting all of these together because I must...

Berger auto dealers deny selling smuggled vehicles

Do you support the imposition of 25% penalty on detained vehicles by Customs?

This is not a levy but penalty on detained vehicles by Customs, which ought to have been seized and condemned for auction in accordance with the Customs and Excise...

What should NPA do to make the ports more efficient?

So far, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has been trying. In my own line of business, which is the trucking business, if the electronic call-up they are proposing is...

Women in Maritime

What should the Federal Government do to empower women in the maritime industry?

There should be more female involvement in key positions in the maritime industry. It is not just about saying that women should be involved, it is about giving them...

pirates robbers

What do you think is the best approach the Federal Government should adopt in addressing maritime security challenges in Nigeria?

Technology is the best approach because you cannot stop what you cannot see. Most times, the ships coming in don’t know where the militants are coming from. But with...