By Ajibola Abayomi,
December 11, 2017
Reactions have continued to trail failure on the part of Nigeria to clinch the Category C of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as seafarers have expressed dissatisfaction on decay in ports infrastructures across the country.
Speaking against the backdrop of the recent disappointment at IMO, the seafarers union under the aegis of Nigerians Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNOWTSSA) has lamented that lack of infrastructures within and outside the ports worked against Nigeria in the council elections.
The group therefore called on the government through her flag administrator, to put the sector in proper perspective because according to them, the industry has politicians as Chief Executive Officers of heads of parastatals, coupled with consistent policy somersaults.
President of the union, Engineer Matthew Alalade maintained that the international shipping communities would not for any reason compromise standards which in turn worked against Nigeria
He noted that international seats for maritime has nothing to do with politics or lobbying even as he added that the world views Nigeria maritime sector in a negative perspective.
Alalade who doubles as an auditor with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) decried the poor infrastructures in Nigerian ports, even as he alleged that security on the nation’s space has been compromised by the agencies of government.
He called on the government to disburse the CVFF fund to empower domestic shipping operations and to further provide a conducive environment for maritime operators, in a view to build capacity.
“The union is not surprise about the debacle because the maritime institutions are yet to be upgraded and the sector is in comatose ”
“We didn’t prepare for the elections because government has the heart of bribery and our security has not improved ”
“The access roads linking the ports are in terrible shape and the international community are aware of all these “