He further added that this administration is committed to working together with NIMASA and relevant industry experts for better results.

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“We are committed to moving the maritime sector forward. I don’t feel happy seeing the seaports the way they are; I am not happy seeing NIMASA the way it is; I am not happy with the problem of insecurity in our waterways; and I believe that working together, we can resolve some of these challenges,” Amaechi said.

Charles Uwadia, AMES president, while commenting on said though the current lapses in the maritime sector is due to the lack of in-depth technical input into the maritime policies and their implementation in line.

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Further highlighting that the Nigerian Maritime sector is about 50years behind other nations.

“We believe the present lapses in the maritime sector are lack of in-depth technical input into the maritime policies and their implementation in line with international best practices and realities.

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“The decline in standard, quality and profitability of the ships of Nigerian flag can be traced to their poor technical standards occasioned by the owners’ reluctance to comply with national and international standards and regulations. It is AMES’ opinion that there is the need for a holistic review of the Nigerian maritime industry’s human capacity development.

“We are willing to partner with the ministry to move the industry forward. Which is why we came to invite the minister to the summit we are having in April in Lagos where we will discuss all the problems facing the industry.”