Stakeholders in the maritime business under the aegis of Glonance Global Services Limited (GGSL) have expressed the hope of Nigeria’s economic recovery, noting that the maritime sector could provide the spring board as the oil sector resources continue to dwindle.
In a statement issued in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state operators stressed the need for effective regulatory framework to be in place reposition the sector, noting that “now that the oil resources have become largely unpredictable, the blue economy is the nearest alternative”.
The Business and Development Manager of the group, Mr. Michael Taiwo Ademola, pointed out that “the sector needed proper regulation, transparency and sincere corporate governance drive in order to retune the sector along the path of better service delivery and profits maximization that will ultimately launch the country along the self-recovery route”.
He, therefore, commended the ongoing regulatory measures by the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) in the sector and urged other stakeholders, industry players and operators to be in the vanguard of restoring sanity to the sector.
He noted that the Registrar\Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Samuel Nwakohu, working with other regulatory authorities in the sector, had since he took over the agency; set the template for better operation of maritime activities in line with the international best practices.
“As one of the principal regulatory agencies in the industry, CRFFN, has formed a formidable partnership with other agencies including the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Nigerian Inland Waterways Agency (NIWA) and Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) for effective and efficient management of maritime operations.
“Since his arrival, CRFFN Chief Executive has given hope of a seamless and freight forwarding operations that will refocus the sector along the path of growth and development that could turn around the economy of Nigeria and yield better good dividends for the operators.
“Away from the old practice, the new administration under Nwakohu, has been able to weed out non professionals, set standard with new certification measures, training of council members and safeguard the industry from the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic and reorganizing the agency for better service deliver”.
He explained that the new regime has served enforcement notice to practitioners and the general public leading to huge compliance in membership registration and payment of annual subscription.
“Under his watch, the agency has recorded 2,504 new individual registrations and 783 new corporate registrations and mounted several workshops, seminars and other sensitization programmes to ensure professionalism among maritime sector operators”, he stressed.
Stakeholders commend Agency Over Maritime Sector Reforms