Category: Issues in the news

Do you think port users are taking enough safety measures against COVID-19 infection?

Do you think port users are taking enough safety measures against COVID-19 infection?

Not at all. A visit to many of our ports will reveal that many port users are so lackadaisical in the way they are carrying on with their duties at the port. One is...

FG reopens Leventis Bridge

What is the impact of the closure of the Marine Bridge in Apapa on port operation?

The partial closure of Marine Bridge in Apapa has caused untold hardship on Apapa commuters being the only entry and access road to the port community. Recall that the...

June 12: Has the Nigerian maritime industry made meaningful progress since the return of democracy?

In fairness to the country, Nigeria has made more progress than any other sub-Sahara African country and it is not disputable, but we have not derived much benefits from...

Have Customs and other government agencies been implementing the Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business at the port?

No they have not been implementing the Executive Order. Customs have been delaying the clearance of cargo thereby making importers accrue more demurrage and storage...

Failed IMO council bid, piracy, Apapa gridlock, secure anchorage brouhaha and other sour grapes of Nigeria’s maritime sector in 2019

How can government reflate the economy using the maritime sector?

Maritime is a service industry and the demand for maritime transport being a derived demand; it’s fortunes and/or misfortunes are inextricably tied to the level of...

Customs beg FG to end import duty waiver

What’s your view on the increase in benchmark exchange rate for import duty payment?

The decision is uncalled for. It buttressed the insensitivity of the ruling class to the plight of the citizens. A time when government all over the world are...

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...