…As keen industry watcher says peddled figures don’t tally!***
National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Dr. Boniface Aniebonam on Wednesday advised those who believed the Ocean Marine Solutions may be using Government platforms to make money to go to the appropriate authorities and substantiate their complaints, stressing that there was no point in making noise over allegation that has not been substantiated.
There were reports recently, alleging that the Ocean Marine Solutions Limited was using Government vessels to provide security insecure Anchorage Area (SAA) and pocketing the money.
Pointing out that he does not see a controversy in the issue, he remarked: “it doesn’t require all the noise.
“If you think you have facts that the Ocean Marine is actually using Government structures or facilities to make money, other than doing what they are supposed to do, then, report the matter to the appropriate authorities for investigation.
“There should be no point in shouting and shouting; because in shouting and shouting; there would be no solution. The best option is to report to the appropriate authorities” he said, and then, substantiating it.
Speaking in the same vein, a keen industry watcher, Samuel Egbewole after seeing the adverts placements by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, as well as the one by the Nigerian Ports Authority on April 4, 2014, wondered why everyone took the allegation with much seriousness in the first place.
“The allegation is misleading”, Egbewole stated, noting that not only was the payments received for services rendered at prior agreed rate with clients, they were even cheaper than what the NIMASA pays.
“The bogus figures being peddled around are so far away from reality and can only be a figment of imagination of the persons spinning them. Maybe, for some ulterior motives.
“From the records I have accessed, the average number of vessels in the SAA daily was 20, with many of them departing within days. So, assuming for argument sake, even if they all pay the initial 2,000 dollars for 30 days of the month, and that comes to $60,000; if this is divided by the 7 patrol boats I understand they operate for the 24/7 protection, the daily rate immediately plummets to $8,572 per boat. The figure is still cheaper than the $10,500 that NIMASA is reportedly paying to hire boats for its inland waters enforcement!” the keen industry watcher reasoned.
“I was seriously interested in the issue when they said one OMS was busy fetching money from the Nigerian waters using Government platforms. You only need to scratch beyond the surface, to know it may not be true. Government would own vessels; and one person will be operating it and be putting the money in his pocket? Does it make sense?
“The platforms belonged to the OMS, not the Navy, NPA or NIMASA or Government. And it is not in any way costing the Government anything!’, he noted further, stressing that he sees it like the current arrangement at the Murthala Mohammed Airport, where everyone, voluntarily decides to park his car wherever he chooses, with few opting for the privately run Secure Parking Area, to ensure improved protection, at the payment of stipends!
“I guess the NIMASA, a highly prudent government parastatal still accounts for logistics which constitute over 70 percent of operational cost for the marine vessels on 24/7 security deployment, even in addition to paying the hired fees”, the industry watcher highlighted further..