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EDITORIAL

Nigeria’s 36-Man Delegation to IMO Council Election is a Show of Shame


Nigeria is arguably at its lowest rung in national prestige. Unfortunately, in 2017, when her contemporaries are making progress in the quality of their political leadership, Nigeria is still grappling with poverty-stricken elite and top civil servants whose taste for estacode and out-of-station night allowance is both insatiable and unconscionable. For a government that came to power with an anti-corruption manifesto and politicians who are fond of boasting that they are not corrupt, is it not shameful and corrupt that a mere election event at the IMO was attended by 36 top civil servants and government officials? Many of them knew in their heart of hearts that Nigeria stood no chance of being elected, what with the abysmal state of indigenous maritime activities in the country.

The records are dismal. The decline of indigenous participation in ocean shipping began with the Obasanjo administration’s suspension of the cargo reservation scheme in 2001. Today, no Nigerian carrier is engaged in ocean shipping despite the over-abundance of sea power resources. Indigenous operators clamoured for cabotage law as a respite. It was promulgated in 2004 but as at the time of this writing, cabotage trade, such as offshore vessel services, have been hijacked by foreigners using the waiver clause. Nigerian vessels are labeled as “rust buckets” and therefore disqualified from patronage by the oil and gas majors. NIMASA has thus been observing the implementation of Nigerian maritime laws such as the Merchant Shipping Act, the NIMASA Act and the Cabotage Law largely in the breach of the spirit of the policies which mandates them to grow the indigenous sea traders. Yet the collection of 3% levy on total throughput of wet and dry cargo and 2% levy on cabotage trade volumes continues ad infinitum, with nothing to show for it. Instead the headship of NIMASA and the supervising Federal Ministry of Transportation are in the news for controversial junkets around the globe attending hollow conferences for the sake of claiming dollar estacodes and night allowances. Such pettiness in the midst of plenty! This is the gimmick that gave rise to all the razzmatazz about campaigns for IMO Council election and the fielding of a 36-man delegation to a failed election which other less-endowed African countries won with far less orchestration.

Even the prostrate condition of Apapa, Nigeria’s busiest port city, is enough to disqualify Nigeria’s ambition to gain membership of the IMO Council. After all, what did she have to offer? If the most populous African country with enormous inland and ocean resources knew her onions, why is Apapa in such a parlous state for such a very long time? In 2015 alone, the two ports in Apapa generated $1.8 billion in revenues for the government. If Nigeria is being governed by competent men and women, how come none of this huge resource was allocated to upgrade the transport infrastructure for the smooth ongoing of maritime trade, especially in a situation where her economy dominates regional sea trade by more than 65%? The unsightly condition of Apapa, with trailers, tankers and trucks littering all thoroughfares in a seemingly hopeless immovable snag, is a metaphor for failure, such that the international community must have reached damning conclusions about our national incompetence and cluelessness. Who, in his right mind, would elect representatives of such a people to critical leadership positions at the IMO?

The present government appears increasingly irredeemable when one considers the depth it has fallen in dereliction of checks and balances. Some have wondered aloud if anybody is really in charge but with the gory details of the shenanigans of the Abdulrasheed Maina affair, for example, one cannot be faulted to say that this APC government is a huge fraud with respect to the promises they made to the electorate in 2015. On all fronts, Nigerians are daily confronted with disappointments. The worst pertains to these brazen acts of inexplicable acquiescence with corrupt officials and indulgence in profligacy and sleaze for which the same government is prosecuting former PDP appointees like Diezani Allison Madueke, Metuh, Dasuki and their fellow travelers. The APC is insensitive to the electorate and condones effrontery or sheer impunity which cost taxpayers billions in scarce money, with hardly any explanation offered. As the clock ticks to the 2019 general elections, however, the ballot box should serve its purpose by ousting Buhari and all his henchmen, who promised so much and delivered only shortfalls.

 
     

Editorial

Nigeria’s 36-Man Delegation to IMO Council Election is a Show of Shame

Nigeria is arguably at its lowest rung in national prestige. Unfortunately, in 2017, when her contemporaries are making progress in the quality of their political leadership, Nigeria is still grappling with poverty-stricken elite and top civil servants whose taste for estacode and out-of-station night allowance is both insatiable and unconscionable. For a government that came to power with an anti-corruption manifesto and politicians who are fond of boasting that they are not corrupt, is it not shameful and corrupt that a mere election event at the IMO was attended by 36 top civil servants and government officials?

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Capt Patrick. C. Iwuji, former Chief Harbour Master of Apapa Port
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Engr Olu Akinsoji: On establishing the National Fleet for Nigeria....NEW
Mr. Kunle
Shodipe on how to start a sand dredging business
Mr Pier Luigi Carrodano on his work with Gen. T Y Danjuma's companies and the Chinese sea trade with Nigeria...

Engr Akin Olaniyan on need for NIMASA to return to original mandate and harnessing cabotage trade...

Dr. Wilson Odafe Omene on Niger Delta politics, amnesty programme, Nigerian maritime and local govt, etc....

Capt Adeyemo on River Niger Dredging...

Prof P.C. Nwilo on his assessment of NIWA during sabbatical ...

Mr Nseyeng Ebong on his 8-year tenure as rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron...

Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs as chairman of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron, his vision...

Engr Muyiwa Omasebi: The face-off Between NIWA, MMSD and Lagos State Govt.

Otunba K Folarin: The Collapse of Nig. shipping lines.

P.L. Carrodano: How govt can revive Nig. shipping lines.

Sam Epia: The struggles of Nig shipping lines with cargo reservation scheme.

Jeff Gibb: Intricacies of the equipment market in Nigeria.

Environmental Quality Monitoring.

Environment: "How many choppers has DPR got?" - Chief Ogunsiji.

Dredging the Niger Delta: Interview of Ben Efekarurhobo
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Role of Surveying in the Dredging Industry

G.B Liman: Of Myth, Reality and Resource Control

Dredging Law: A judgment on the ownership of a sand dredging site by the Court of Appeal.

Dredging Law:
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b. NIWA public notice on Lagos State intervention in inland waterways regulation.

c. An Extract Of The Law To Provide For The Regulation Of Waterfront Infrastructure Development In Lagos State.

             
       

 

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4TH NIGERIAN DREDGING SUMMIT REPORTS:
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Dredging Today: http://www.dredgingtoday.com/2010/09/30/
nigerian-dredging-summit-exhibition-report/

Maritime Journal: http://www.maritimejournal.com/features/marine-civils/ dredging/nigerian-dredging-summit-addresses-rapid-expansion

Dredging News Online: http://www.sandandgravel.com/news/article.asp ?v1=13651

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