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Agency conflicts kill maritime projects – Experts

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LACK of synergy among government agencies, multiplicity of agencies in cargo clearance, conflicts in enabling laws, functions and ministerial functions, undue interference by the National Assembly and alter ego have been identified as factors militating against the maritime industry in Nigeria from delivering its mandate.

Because of all these factors, according to a seasoned maritime expert, Kunle Folarin, many laudable maritime projects that could impact on the overall growth of nation were abandoned.

Otunba Folarin stated this in Lagos, recently while speaking on ”Getting the Maritime Industry Delivering Its Mandate” at a seminar for maritime journalists.

Folarin noted that the multiplicity of agencies in the port has made cargo clearance longer than 48 hours target set by the government.

Moving the industry forward, Folarin called for a total reform, restructuring and regulation of the sector, its law, its agencies and their functions, saying ”without the reforms, we will achieve a little.”

While speaking, a former General Manager of Lagos Radio Traffic and Chairman of the event, Mr. Yinka Adagun said that there was need for the maritime media to highlight various areas in the operations of the sectors that could further unlock its potentials in contributing to Nigerian economic rebirth.

In his address, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Lagos Council, Qasim Akinreti, noted that the maritime industry as the blue economy has more potentials than the oil sector but has not been harnessed. He charged maritime journalists to report areas in the industry that have not been exploited. He equally charged the journalists to develop themselves.

A former head of public affairs of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Ms. Ego Nwokocha advised maritime journalists to engage in investigative journalism and be polite and exercise patience in the course of carrying out their investigation.

The seminar was organised by Maritime Industry Advocacy Initiative in partnership with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

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