Category: Issues in the news

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

[email protected]: How has the maritime industry fared?

Sixty years after independence, the maritime industry in Nigeria could be said to have had a cheered history. With only a couple of first generation seaports – Lagos...

Hameed Ali

Do you support the concession of Customs modernization project?

I am in total support of the concession of Customs modernization project but with a caveat that the concessionaires should be people that are proven, tested in the...

Nigeria, Benin, Niger set up joint border patrol  

One year after: Has border closure achieved desired result?

The initial reason given by the government for closing the land borders was to forestall the ever increasing rate of smuggling of prohibited items, arms and ammunition...

Man, two sons, die in Niger boat mishap 

How can Nigeria curb incessant boat mishaps on its waterways? 

There is a need for the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) to make safety awareness more severe. The agencies...

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...