PCC, UNILAG collaborate to review maritime laws

Fears are mounting over the fate of 13,000 UNILAG graduates

….Maritime industry worth N77trn

By Godwin Oritse and Providence Adeyinka

IN an effort to create synergy between maritime institutions, the Port Consultative Council of Nigeria, PCCN, and the University of Lagos, UNILAG, have begun reviewing conflicting laws establishing some of Nigeria’s maritime institutions.

Speaking at a book presentation by PCCN to the management of the university, the chairman of the council, Otunba Kunle Folarin, said that there are conflicting laws in setting up some agencies in Nigeria that need to be reviewed so that these agencies understand the functions of each other.

He stated: “There are conflicts in the laws. If you take the Nigerian Shippers’ Council law with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, the NIMASA law, you see the areas of conflict and we know why that happened, but that’s not for today.

“Second, the world moves on; are we indeed careful about climate change; we think of the flooding in the port areas; have you noticed that the city has grown into the ports, causing congestion and stalemate in the port corridor.”

In a comment, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, told Vanguard maritime reportthat the university is ready to cooperate with the PCCN in reviewing the laws establishing maritime agencies and institutions across the country, adding that a committee will soon be established for that purpose.

Ogundipe also said that the university system works by committee and assured the maritime industry that the institution will provide all necessary support to review these laws for a strong industry.

He explained that most of the time the government would look outward rather than inward, adding that the university was already working with a number of government agencies to accommodate their training needs locally.

….Maritime industry worth N77trn

Meanwhile, the PCCN boss has said that the Nigerian maritime industry has the capacity to create a wealth of N77 trillion.

Speak against Vanguard maritime reportwhile presenting books and other academic materials to the management of the UNILAG, Folarin said that the institution should tinker with research that will create such opportunities for the Nigerian maritime industry.

He explained that the story of the Philippines is an example of a country without natural resources, but which has been able to create a supporting maritime industry and export such materials to the rest of the world.

He stated: “I was at the Department of Foreign Employment in Manila, where they say they generate $15 billion in remittances from their out-of-town workers to homes. What did the Philippines do, they created 54 maritime education collages and tried to train their people in maritime and export them to the world.

“Today, 60 percent of all sailors on the ships in the world are manned by Filipinos, that is employment. Empowerment because those who founded the schools are empowered look at the entrepreneurship and therefore they could be empowered to take advantage of the economic opportunities created by the maritime domain in their country.

He said Nigeria has what it takes to not only export maritime services to the world but also create supporting industries within its maritime domain.

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