November 26, 2018
Moves to revamp the Nigerian Maritime Expo (NIMAREX) by the Federal Government has been criticized by the Nigerian Indigenous Ship Owners Association.
The body said, the Nigerian shipping industry has nothing to showcase or exhibit to the world.
NIMAREX is an exhibition and conference where ship owners, ship managers, marine spare dealers, ship brokers and other stakeholders promote innovation and ideas in maritime the industry.
The annual maritime expo was conceived in 2011 by the indigenous ship owners to showcase Nigeria’s maritime potentials to international investors.
DailyFocus News Online reports that the ship owners group led by Captain Dada Olaniyi Labinjo advised that the federal government to focus on how to develop the maritime sector through policies that could revive indigenous participation in shipping.
He warned promotion of NIMAREX would amount to “meaningless projects which has no positive impact on the nation’s GDP.”
The group also described NIMAERX as a jamboree which has not yielded any positive results or contribution to shipping development in Nigeria.
A group of Nigerian Ship owners recently hinted that plans are afoot to revive the moribund Conference and Exhibition, four years after it was halted.
But, Lagos Coordinator, NISA, Captain Franklin Taiwo Akinpelumi in insisted that government should not encourage, support or promote any event that cannot add value to the nation’s shipping sector.
Akinpelumi who also doubles as the Chief Executive Officers, Oceanic Energy Nigeria Limited noted that, “Its unfortunate that we lack human capacity development in the industry and so I don’t subscribe to NIMAREX in anyway”
“NIMAREX is suppose to be relevant only when we get to the developmental stage of the sector; whereby ship can be built in Nigeria, cadets can be engage locally through seatime experience ,human and capital development must be harnessed and the cabotage act must to be implemented effectively.
“With all these factors in place then we can now invite the outside world to showcase our maritime potentials.
“But the truth is that we don’t have such in place and why should we celebrate failure under the name NIMAREX which is more of a funfare.
The Lagos Coordinator lamented that the exhibition held in the past dwell on theoretical aspect of the industry but added that nothing positive came out of it to influence government decision in revamping the sector.