Operators, stakeholders list woes of maritime sector

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By Godfrey Bivbere

As 2018 maritime year comes to an end, sector stakeholders and operators have indicated that regulatory and operational environment worsened during the year gone by.

They highlighted the difficult operational environment leading to the loss of revenue and man-hours, occasioned by worse level of congestion at the ports in Lagos, leading to frustration by importers and exporters as well as their agents.

They blamed some of the government agencies for their contribution to making port services more cumbersome.

National President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, ANLCA, Tony Iju Nwabunike, speaking with Vanguard Maritime Report  said, 2018 has been a tiring year for all of us in our industry because so many things were not in order.

Some government agencies multiplied themselves in so many forms trying to drive revenue apparently to meet targets federal government actually gave them. So I am of the opinion that the Federal Government should not give target but should focus on trade facilitation. It should be on the level of where government agents should not be compelled to do things in order to impress the Federal Government or to meet their target thereby putting so much pressure into the industry.

So many other government agencies in this maritime year did some good jobs, like Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, which has been working a little bit better than before, N....

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