To efficiently use Nigeria’s maritime resources for better economic growth, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) presidential candidate for the upcoming 2023 general election, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, vowed to hand control of the country’s maritime sector to its stakeholders.

dr. Kwankwaso, who made the pledge Tuesday in Lagos at a town hall meeting with maritime stakeholders organized by the Prime Maritime Project ahead of the 2023 general election, assured that if the party wins, maritime professionals will take charge of the maritime sector.

According to him, “operators of the maritime industry know where it is most bottled up and certainly have their insider perspective on how best to innovate the sector. We will continue to tap into that insider knowledge to better understand the challenges so that we can continue to refine our proposed policies.

“Ultimately, we must all agree that this very important sector needs to get back on its feet and have the opportunity to support the growth and development of our country for the common good of our citizens.”

He explained that while the NNPP has a robust economic blueprint, incorporating maritime and transportation logistics, its presence was due to its belief that maritime is a critical element to Nigeria’s growth, survival and prosperity.

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“The maritime industry has spawned our great party, the NNPP, so my presence here is largely to listen, appreciate and understand maritime operators’ expectations of me and our party, should we ultimately become winners of the 2023 general election .

“While I may not have been fully involved in the maritime sector to get to the heart of the matter, my experience over the years as a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, former Governor, former Secretary of Defense and former Senator helped me gain some basic understanding of the industry, especially some of its challenges,” stated the NNPP presidential candidate.

Kwankwaso linked the traffic jams in Ijora and the port city of Apapa to a lack of planning for the future, saying the threat of a stalemate from articulated vehicles in 21st-century Nigeria shows that its leaders rarely plan for the future.

“A port system originally designed for a population of less than 50 million people in the 1950s with less than 2.0 million cargo traffic has remained almost the same in 2022 for more than 200 million inhabitants.

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“As a way out, our government will explore the possibility of building a railway line from both the ports of Apapa and the port of Tin Can Island to a dry port area outside Lagos, where arrived goods will have to be cleared to prevent heavy trucks from reaching a stalemate in Lagos. cause. .

“We should also explore the possibility of opening other ports such as Warri, Port Harcourt and Calabar to relieve the port of Lagos,” Kwankwaso added.

However, the NNPP presidential candidate lamented the steady rot in the industry and the associated missed opportunities, saying, “So many things have gone wrong with the industry. I can still remember the days of the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) with its beautiful ships flying the flag of Nigeria all over the world!

“Why did it die? Why don’t we have a replacement as the giant of Africa? What has become of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF)? Why has it not been paid out to the beneficiaries? From my little knowledge of the sector, many questions beg for answers!

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“Having been here today, I have discovered that there is more work to be done in the sector. That is why I am using this forum to ask for your support so that I can be the winner of the 2023 general election.”

Previously, the chair of the occasion and chairman of the Ports Consultative Council (PCC), Mr Kunle Folarin, had listed the rot in the sector and deplored the incessant changes in the leadership of maritime regulators and the oversight ministry, which are often led by appointees with no industry knowledge, adversely affecting growth.

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