|Engr. Henry Unuigbe, National Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Marine Engineers and Naval Architects
tackling piracy, kidnapping, hijacking, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea,
which has been attracting global attention negatively.
Engineers and Naval Architects (NIMENA) stated the above in his welcome address
on the occasion of the institution’s 7th Annual Conference/Annual General
Meeting on Thursday in Lagos.
had affected ship calls to the seaports, thereby causing diversion of cargo
meant for Nigeria to other ports.
attracted global attention with the situation in Nigeria more alarming. Piracy,
kidnapping and theft in our waters have become recurring issues with its
for ships, resulting in either rejection or diversion of Nigeria-bound cargo to
other destination or increase in cost of transportation of cargo. The economic
value chain associated with one of these is to a very large extent lost.
to tackle this menace. In doing this, we must eschew parochial interest and put
the interest of Nigeria first,’’ Unuigbe said.
financing must be addressed to encourage effective performance in that
sub-sector by indigenous shipowners.
maritime assets and limited access to capital. Those lucky to have access for
the acquisition of ships do so via a double digit interest arrangement that end
up, in most cases on a sad note. There is no doubt that this has greatly hindered
development and growth in the industry.’’
essential infrastructure to support shipping in Nigeria, to encourage shipowners to use such facilities within the country and not
going elsewhere for maintenance of their vessels.