Lagos: Calls for a big shake up in Nigeria’s attitude to maritime are growing. The chairman of the Ports Consultative Council (PCC), Kunle Folarin, has said the government should look at port reforms, as well as local cabotage ruling.
Folarin said changes needed to happen within the ports regulatory framework to encourage foreign investment. Moreover, the private sector should be encouraged to set up shipbuilding and repair yards in Nigeria. Folarin said there were less than 10 yards in the country at present and there was a need for at least 50.
With elections looming maritime policies have been aired by candidates. President Goodluck Jonathan recently promised to upgrade the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) to a university if re-elected next month. He has also promised to develop Ibaka as a deepsea port.