By Sandra Chukwunyere
Nigeria as a shipping nation has been called upon to go back to old system of cargo sharing formula, the 60;20;20 sharing system as would help and encourage cargo generation local and foreign shipping operators.
The above view was highlighted by a PhD holder in Transport and Geography,maritime expert and a shipping transport and logistics guru,Dr Capt.Tony Onoharigho in an exclusive interview with Maritime newsroom online at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) 2018 National Conference and Annual General Meeting held in Lagos at the weekend.
According to Dr Onoharigho who was appraising the shipping maritime industry as well as looking at the challenges facing the sector,said during the interview that what the country needs at the moment is nothing but going back to old system.
“You know, Nigeria does not have the required expertrates both master mariners, cadets and others. We don’t also have ships in the industry. Apart from not having enough vessels expertrates to man the existing ships, the country is operating what can be called Closed Registry when majority of the maritime nations of the world are operating an Open Registry.
The captain who is also the Vice President East of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport was of the opinion that such shipping policy is not in anyway helping the shipping industry and the Nigerian economy.
While still looking at the challenges confronting the shipping community and how it has negatively affected our indigenous shipping operators as well as our export (balance of trade).
On ship registry, the captain maintained that:”registration of ships in Nigeria is very poor. It takes a lot of process to register a ship in Nigeria maybe because we operate a “closed registry” while other countries operate “open registry.”
On the way out of these challenges, Onoharigho said:”Nigeria should be able to go back to United Nations Trade and Development (UNTAD) cargo sharing formula. So that we can get involved in cargo generation where both the local and foreign would be involved including export business”
Speaking on the need for human capacity development, Dr. Onoharigho noted that :”professionalism is all about getting experts to man the affairs of the sector and getting trained hands on the field to do the job. And like I said earlier, we are currently lacking this experts in the sector.”