Category: Opinion

Will you support the return of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to the port?

SON was one of the agencies of government that were domiciled at the port but government saw them as increasing cost of doing business because there were so many...

Do you support the deployment of Pre-arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) officers to the port by the Nigeria Customs Service?

No. I am sorry to say this but it seems Customs don’t know where they are heading. The first day they introduced PAAR to us, the Comptroller General promise us...

What is your assessment of Akpobolokemi’s tenure as Director General (DG) of NIMASA?

If I’m to comment on Akpobolokemi’s tenure, I think he did well as the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)....

Do you support the recent lifting of ban on importation of textile materials by the government?

Government should liberalize trade because most of the items said to be on the prohibition list still find their way into the country. I think it is better now that the...

Do you think the creation of another taskforce by the Lagos State Government will solve the traffic problem in Apapa?

Task force will not solve the problem we have on the access roads. Taskforce will only work for three weeks after which they will start collecting bribes from trucks and...

Do you support the Federal Government’s directive banning the use of camouflage uniform by paramilitary agencies including Customs operatives?

The ban is unreasonable. If they say the camouflage is being abused, don’t they have a way of checkmating officers for abuses?  Will they throw away the water...

How can government stop the frequent fall of tankers on our highways?

As it is done in developed countries, the government should build a special lane for heavy duty tankers to ply. I say this because most Nigerian roads are not built for...

Do you support the collection of practitioners’ operating fees by CRFFN?

No. The government’s position is simple. Every other thing they are doing now is ‘four leprous fingers’ which cannot carry anything. If the government has...

What is your view about the just concluded 2015 Maritime Cup competition?

To the best of my knowledge the organizers have tried and they can still do more. The competition has become a ritual that has cultivated friendly relationships between...

Do you support review of the rice policy?

I am in support of review in as much as our local manufacturers cannot produce the rice that will satisfy our local consumption. So there is need for us to also continue...

What’s the lasting solution to the endemic fuel scarcity we face in the country?

The reason for the scarcity is obvious. We are not refining our crude here in Nigeria. The incoming government should look into the subsidy regime, you know we have...

How can government curtail the harassment of clearing agents by police?

The Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) has a lot to do if the will is there. Unfortunately, it appears the will to really assist the agents is not there. All they need to do...

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