Category: Opinion

Are you aware that frozen poultry products are contraband goods and what do you think can be done to curb the importation of the product into the country?

The ban on importation of frozen poultry, especially turkey and chicken into Nigeria began in 2003, but had not been effective as the products still saturate various...

Do you think establishing a national carrier is the solution to problems in the maritime industry?

It is part of the solution but there must be a foundation before you can build. I buy the idea of establishing a national carrier but who is going to run it? Even if we...

What do you think the government can do to reduce the spate of pirates attack on our territorial waters?

There is need to increase the level of patrol on our water ways. Government has to do a lot in this regard. They have to send out the ships and helicopters out for...

How can Nigerians be encouraged to patronise Made-in-Nigeria products?

Market survey has shown that Nigerians still have appetite and patronise foreign products despite the fall of the naira. Lydia Ojarikre went to town to ask ordinary...

Do you support the reintroduction of ban on importation of rice through the land borders by Customs?

To me, it seems Customs is confused on this matter. In the first instance, the Comptroller General of Customs said at his first policy statement that in order to...

Have you been following the trials of some former top officials of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)?

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is the nation’s apex maritime regulatory and promotional agency. However, the agency has been in the...

Do you think Nigerian borders are adequately policed?

Nigeria borders are not adequately monitored, no doubt but if the borders are porous, who should be blamed?  We need to ask ourselves what are the rules and regulation...

Do you support the collection of N10, 000 vehicle entry permit by NPA from truckers?

Yes we do. In the course of my business as a truck owner, I know if my truck goes out of Lagos to other ports, they pay to enter the ports. So if NPA says they have...

Do you support plans by the Federal Government to scrap the Nigerian Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Delta State?

On Tuesday January 19, 2016, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi told lawmakers in Abuja that the Federal Government had cancelled the Nigerian Maritime...

Is the maritime sector on track?

We are on track, but it’s just that we are still crawling. There is need for us to strengthen that track so that we can get to where we are heading. When tracks...

What is your take on the introduction of minimum standard for trucks operating at the port by NPA?

It is the best thing that can ever happen to truck operations. What NPA is doing is setting a minimum standard of trucks. We are all suffering from breakdown of trucks...

What do you think of Amaechi as Nigeria’s Transport Minister?

Amaechi is a very nice, humble and honest man. He is the man that people need in the transportation sector. I believe he is the best person for the role as Nigeria’s...