Category: Opinion

How has the maritime sector fared under the Buhari administration in the past year?

The performance of the sector can be measured in terms of human resource development, cargo throughput and the level of deployment of resources. We cannot say the reform...

What do you think can be done to curb the increase of pirate attacks and pipeline vandalism in the country?

Piracy off the coast of Nigeria and Pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region are increasing at an alarming rate. A peace deal was signed in 2009 between the Nigerian...

What do you think can be done to improve Nigeria’s ease of doing business?

The Ease of doing business index ranks countries against each other based on how the regulatory environment is conducive to business operations and stronger protections...

What do you think is the key to achieving a sustainable maritime sector?

What we need is the commitment and dedication of all stakeholders in the industry rather than pointing accusing fingers. We need to wake up from our slumber and do the...

Do you think the level of corruption has reduced among Customs Officers since the appointment of Ali?

For me, it has reduced tactically because the CG in his own way has instilled discipline and integrity into the officers. Not by bullying them but by educating them on...

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...