The former Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council, Capt. Adamu Biu, on Sunday attributed the improper shipping services in the country to lack of manpower.
Biu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the present shipping industry was being challenged by lack of manpower.
He said the maritime industry lacked capacity in terms of college and adequate manpower and that the industry should be well-equipped for effective service.
“For now we have little manpower, but very soon that manpower will dissipate and there will be no replacement because we do not have training facilities to train seafarers.
“Many of the captains and seafarers are getting old and there is no replacement and no ships anymore.
“Unless we go back to proper shipping, Nigeria is going to go down economically,” he said.
He, however, urged the Federal Government to provide avenues for private entrepreneurs to invest in shipping to boost maritime business.
Biu said government could as well give loan facilities for a number of years to the private entrepreneurs to encourage them in the business.
“We are looking for assistance from people from outside this country for opportunity to give our cadet training.
“Our economy is about 99 per cent import and all the imports are coming from foreign ships there is nobody providing shipping services in the country.
“I am not advocating for the government to build shipping lines or to buy ships, the era of that is over.
“The point is that we are not coordinated, we have to be focused and it should be provided by government,” Biu said.