Most members of Nigerian Indigenous Ship-owners Association (NISA) were indicated to have begun to deliberate on why cabotage implementation had be lack lustered with the aim of identifying what measures could make it functional.
The Maritime First was fold that this was sequel to the weekend NISA election at the Rock view Hotel which produced Capt. Dada Olaniyi Labinjo, a retired Navy Officer, as the new arrow-head of the association; and before which all the contestants had pledged that once the election was over, their first task would be how to make the cabotage law work in a bid to bring back their jobs.
“The implementation of the Cabotage Law had been our problem. It is the interface between Ship-owners and government. If it is therefore not being properly implemented, it would definitely look like government and Ship-owners are working at cross purposes. And in which case the laudable objections of the Cabotage Act may never be realized”, a NISA member who spoke on condition of anonymity while travelling outside Nigeria for World Maritime Day Stated.
He noted that though the election was absolutely free and fair, members were no longer talking about the election but how they could advance from the gains of the election as a more focused and formidable body to collaborate more effectively with the government particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) so as to create new windows of opportunities that would benefit the entire country particularly the unemployed youth.
‘That election was totally free and fair, so our concern is no longer about election. What many of us are thinking of now is to reflect on why cabotage imp[lamentation failed, what we can do now in collaboration with NIMASA so as to evolve a desired functional platform that could move the industry forward and benefit the citizens, particularly the un-employed youth” he explained further.
Speaking in the same view, the publicity Secretary, and Lloyds Ambassador, Engr. Emmanuel Ilori also said that the concern of members now was how to create new understanding and cooperation to benefit both the industry operators and the government particularly in line with government good vision and transformation agenda.
When we however spoke the new NISA president, Capt. Labinjo declined comment, saying he would prefer to have his member talking more while he himself would talk less.