Maritime expert urges association to engage actively in international shipping

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– Mr Olu Akinsoji, a former -, Government Inspector Shipping (GIS), has the Ship-owners Association Nigeria (SOAN) to participate actively in international shipping.

Akinsoji made the call in an interview with the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in on .

He stressed the need for stakeholders to close ranks to enable them benefit the business opportunities in the international shipping circle.

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my experience, I believe that a nation cannot compete favourably in international shipping if the private sector is organised.

“This is the beginning many more things to come and we must appreciate SOAN for putting themselves together to say they to come together in order that they would give feedback on our aspirations as a nation.

“To partake in international shipping and even cabotage (coastal shipping), because when you do have private sector organised, you are likely going to have an organised feedback.

“Which allow you to readjust yourself as a nation concerning the and objectives for the developments in the maritime industry.
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“So therefore, at this time when we have a change of government and this body is coming on board, I to say my experience that the new government take note.

“And encourage organised private sector like this; so that we can have inputs from the people are supposed to be the executors of to give feedback on execution.

“So that the objectives of the would be achieved.”

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Akinsoji disclosed that about 60 tonnes of Nigerian were brought into the country annually, with about 4, 000 bringing those cargoes into the country.

He, however, the Federal Government to encourage the association to float a standard shipping line to enable it compete favourably in international shipping business. (NAN)
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