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Ship owners task FG on insecurity, piracy

Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) has urged the Federal Government to urgently tackle the issues of insecurity in Nigeria’s waterways – especially those that has to do with the upsurge in piracy, hostage taking, and other challenges.

 

In a communiqué issued and signed by its President, Mr. Greg Ogbeifun, at the end of a workshop held in Lagos the stakeholders said that the government should make a meaningful effort towards the emergence of a national fleet.

 

Also, they said that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) should ensure a speedy implementation of the comprehensive report on Nigeria’s Flag Administration.

 

They advised the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to urgently pursue the implementation of the comprehensive report on revamping and restructuring Nigeria’s flag administration.

 

The ship owners stressed that NIMASA should rethink its policy of acquiring floating docks, and instead pursue efforts towards supporting existing shipyards in the country, noting that the requirements contained in the Cabotage Act must be strictly adhered to in assessing foreign vessels operating in Nigerian waters.

 

Also, the stakeholders said that the government should review tax laws and policies applicable to the maritime industry in a bid to providing necessary reliefs and incentives that will spur growth.

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