Foreign domination of crude oil lifting may soon end going by the plan of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), The Nation reports.
The agency is pushing for indigenous shipowners to take over the lucrative enterprise. Its Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, said in an interview that local participation in the trade would be in the national interest. Indigenous shipowners’ participation, he noted, would create jobs, reduce crime, generate more revenue and ensure security at sea and the ports.
A senior official of the Federal Ministry of Transport, who craved anonymity, said the Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, has ordered NIMASA to find a lasting solution to the problem. Also, a member of Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), Mr Fola Badmus, said there are many qualified Nigerians in this field, but that they have no jobs, adding that using foreign vessels was not in the best interest of the nation because when the dependent country has crisis, Nigeria may have challenges lifting its crude.