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Unfinished business in Maritime sector

Unfinished business in Maritime sector
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Important areas to be addressed before the administration runs to an end.

Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Mr. Mua’zu Jaji Sambo, who assumed office in July 2022 has been tipped for immense accomplishments upon the expectations of the industry stakeholders, despite having to stay only five months in office. While the Maritime Industry has always advocated for the appointment of an industry member to administer the transportation ministry and when President Buhari appointed Mr. Mau’zu, a former General Manager of the Nigerian Inland Waterways to head the Ministry of Transportation, stakeholders in this industry showed their elation. However, there has been rounds of skepticism, as regards what can be achieved within this short space of time. Sambo, a former Minister of State of Works, spent the year prior to his appointment scrutinizing the maritime industry, in a bid to understand the systems in place and identify areas that need urgent attention.

As the administration’s span draws to an end, stakeholders have identified important areas of intervention for the incumbent administration before changing to the next administration. Some of these include the quest for a national carrier to enhance the shipping capacity, the disbursement of Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) and the completion of railway projects that would be connected to ports, including the new Lekki Deep Seaport. These were issues that the former a minister, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi could not finish up before resigning to contest for the Presidential ticket of the All Progressive Congress. Other issues include rehabilitating the port infrastructures, renewal of the concession agreement with operators of terminals whose tenure might have expired.

The Cargo Tracking Note expected to be signed after failed attempts.

Presently, there have been fraud allegations trailing the activities of the port industry in Nigeria. Most of the stakeholders are being indicted of one or more fraud cases. All the operators, including the importers, forwarders, custom agents have all been reportedly involved in these cases of fraud. Reports show that those who have been tasked with policing the system like the Custom Officers, agents of the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have fed off the illegalities of numerous shoppers. The Cargo Tracking Note (CTN), championed by the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) was enacted as the port’s economic regulator to address this issue. In fact, stakeholders believe CTN to be a viable solution for curbing the fraudulent activities in the shipping industry.

However, the Sambo regime is being observed in regards to the fate of the CTN Bill which attempts at signing it into law were unsuccessful. Much is also being expected of the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), which is without a permanent office. N800 million was approved to the agency under the regime of the former Transportation Minister for the acquisition of a new office which was stopped by the Board of Council, upon objecting against the acquired office. Allegations about the value of the office against the granted sum of money heralded this challenge. The minister is however expected to play a crucial role in developing the maritime industry, on the expectations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), where Nigeria might be vying for a post next year.

NIMASA is saddled with a lot of statutory obligations.

Importantly, Sambo must see to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) designing necessary strategies to win the election. As one of the top Maritime agencies, NIMASA is saddled with a lot of statutory obligations but with it functioning to deepen indigenous shipping development, the agency definitely has a full hand. Though the agency has been immensely incredible in performing their tasks, stakeholders are of the belief that there is more to be done. To both the local and international communities, the agency has done a good job in its war against piracy in the Deep Blue Project. Stakeholders however hold on to an expectation of consistency of ensuring that cases of piracy should never be allowed to occur again.

Perhaps, the major task left for the transportation minister in which most operators in the industry are also looking forward to is the disbursement of the CVFF. Hon. Rotini Amaechi’s promise to enact this was met with unsuccessful attempts. Many operators believe that there is no fund to enact this goal and the ministers, yet to come out with the truth. Sambo, upon his swearing in as transportation minister promised to disburse this fund. He recently indicated that he had received approval from the President to disburse the funds and has immediately tasked the Central Bank of Nigeria to do the needed. If successful, he would have met the expectations of industry stakeholders.

Stakeholders expect Sambo to resolve port concession agreement issue.

The port concession agreement is another important issue that is expected to be addressed. A review of the expired port concession agreement is expected to commence immediately. This review during the regime of Hadiza Bala Usman as the Managing Director of NPA. The importance of this remained very unclear until Bello-Koko’s takeover. While Bello-Koko had immediately carried out the assignment, the minister is expected to give his approval for the next phase. Although, the outcome of this process is still not clear, stakeholders expect the minister to resolve the issue before the expiration of his tenure.


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19 days ago

Unfinished business in Maritime sector – Important areas to be addressed before the administration runs to an end. – Express your point of view.

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19 days ago

Enough work should be done in the maritime sector. All the sectors should be up and running. The prerequisite things needed should be provided for to make the maritime sector work well.

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19 days ago

Despite just having been in office for a short period of time (five months), enormous achievements in relation to the expectations of the industry’s stakeholders.

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8
19 days ago

Despite the fact that the Maritime Industry has never stopped pushing for a member of the industry to be appointed to the position of transportation ministry administrator,

Member
8
19 days ago

Concerning what can be accomplished in such a little amount of time, there has been a great deal of pessimism expressed here.

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19 days ago

Unfinished business in Maritime sector. Whatever the need to do inorder to finish the project should be done. very necessary

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19 days ago

To prepare for his position, Sambo studied the marine business for an entire year. His goal was to learn about the current systems and pinpoint problem areas.

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19 days ago

Although it is currently unclear what the outcome of this process will be, stakeholders anticipate that the minister will find a solution to the problem before the end of his term in office.

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8
19 days ago

However, stakeholders continue to maintain the expectation that consistent measures will be taken to guarantee that instances of piracy will never again be permitted to take place.

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8
19 days ago

Many operators are under the impression that there is insufficient funding to realize this objective, and the ministers have not yet disclosed the facts regarding this matter.

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18 days ago

There are so many unfinished business interests he maritime sector plaguing them but they have really tried to improve on several things but they can still do more.

Member
8
18 days ago

Unfinished business should be complete maritime sector unfinished business need to be done necessary things need to be provide so it can be running well

Member
8
18 days ago

Any loose ends must be tied. There is much work yet to be done in the maritime industry before it can operate smoothly.

Member
8
18 days ago

The maritime industry should have sufficient resources to complete the necessary tasks. It’s expected that all areas will be functional. All necessary resources must be made available for the maritime industry to thrive.

Member
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18 days ago

A lot of pessimism has been stated in this thread with regard to the things that can be achieved in such a short period of time, and this is not surprising.

Member
8
18 days ago

Although they have made some strides toward addressing the many issues hindering their success in the maritime industry, they have much room for improvement.

Member
8
18 days ago

Despite the fact that the Maritime Industry has never stopped pushing for a member of the industry to be appointed to the position of transportation ministry administrator,

Member
8
17 days ago

There have been discussions over how much can be accomplished in such a short period of time. Sambo, a former state minister for construction

Member
8
17 days ago

Allegations of fraud have followed the operations of the port sector in Nigeria. The majority of the participants are under investigation for one or more fraud cases. All of the operators, including importers, forwarders, and customs agents, have purportedly been complicit in these fraud cases.

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16 days ago

Mr. Mua’zu Jaji Sambo has done credibly well in the short period of assumption in office understand the administration of President Buhari but most unfortunate that the administration is rounding up their term. It is my hope that every unfinished business in Maritime sector should be done without hesitation.

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16 days ago

It is just unfortunate that Mr. Mua’zu Jaji Sambo,assumed office
very late. who has proven his worth within some few months. He should be given the necessary support to address key factor in Maritime sector before the expiration of term in office.

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