The Federal Government may have shelved its promise of floating some high-tech machinery to combat maritime crime in the nation’s troubled waters.
Under the initial target, the facilities were expected to have arrived Nigeria in August, but three n=months after, the project now appears elusive.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier this year, approved the sum of $186 million to procure machineries to fully combat maritime crimes.
The President, Nigerian Shipowners Association, Aminu Umar, has called on the Federal Government to intervene in the delayed disbursement of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund to sustain shipping business.
Umar made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. NAN reports that ship owners have been worried over the non-disbursement of the sum of more than $100 million being administered by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.
Nigeria’s transportation minister, Chibuike Amaechi has challenged stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry to bring about improvements up to international best practices.
In a speech presented on his behalf by the director of Maritime Services of the Ministry of Transportation, Alhaji Sani Galadanchi, Amaechi said that stakeholders in the maritime industry should collaborate with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) as well as the Federal Ministry of Transportation in bringing this about.
The Nigerian Navy will have to wait a while longer to realize it's statutory objectives of providing security and defending Nigeria's territorial waters against external aggression insurrection.
This was the reality when stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry opposed moves by the Nigerian Navy seeking amendment to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety (NIMASA) Act to contribute 1% of its revenue to the Nigerian Navy.