…Says Gbemi Saraki is determined to leave indelible footprints!***
Nigeria’s foremost shipping mogul, Engr. Greg Utonwen Ogbeifun is genuinely hopeful that the nation’s maritime industry, in spite of its current challenges, will wax stronger, growing from strength to strength.
The Chief Executive Officer, STARZS Group, Ogbeifun made the observation in Lagos, stressing however, the need for core stakeholders, not only to ensure government policies are pragmatically worked on, but also, to ensure that Government functionaries and decision makers, are adequately informed with vital recommendations that would enable them come up with credible policy output.
“I am very confident that things would change in this country. The country would not end. The country would continue to grow ahead. Your children, and my children may just be the people that would change the anthem!
“But, we have to put something on the shelf for (government people) them, to see and to work with; and that is what some of us are doing”, he posited.
He gave a high opinion of the current Minister of State, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Gbemi Saraki, noting her determination to leave indelible footprints on the nation’s maritime industry; and insisting on the need for stakeholders to ensure she is adequately and rightly informed.
He allayed the fear that the Lekki Deepsea port may create another Apapa gridlock on completion, pointing out that if the Chinese are the people seriously involved now in Lekki port investment; and they are also those saddled with the responsibility of developing the Standard Rails gauge, then, industry watchers should be more interested in seeing the ‘connect’, rather than worrying about cargo offloading and movement out of the port.