The Federal Government has said there are plans to ban foreign vessels from operating on Nigerian waters in the nearest future.
the Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside during an interview on Channels Television’s said the agency is working towards a time when foreign-owned vessels will not be allowed to trade on Nigerian waters.
The NIMASA boss said there is an urgent need to train Nigerians on how to properly utilize the opportunities in the maritime sector.
According to him, vessels operating in trading activities should be owned by the citizens rather than foreigners.
On the need to have a national fleet that would be private sector-driven, Peterside explained that President Muhammadu Buhari administration is working to ensure that this is achieved soon.
He noted that once private individuals and corporate bodies operate the nation’s fleet, there will be employment opportunities that will boost economic activities.