Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said the Federal Government is searching for ways to encourage the establishment of a National Shipping Line to ensure maximum exploitation of the potential in the maritime industry.
Amaechi said this while delivering a keynote address at the 14th Maritime Seminar for Judges organized by the Nigerian Shippers’ Council(a parastatal under his ministry), in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute, NJI.
“The present administration is looking into ways of encouraging the establishment of a national shipping line to ensure maximum exploitation of the potentials in our maritime sector,” Amaechi said.
“The Federal Government is doing a lot towards improving on the ease of doing business in Nigeria especially in the maritime sector. The Federal Government’s effort towards trade facilitation includes modernization of transport infrastructure such as establishment of deep sea ports to attract the patronage of our seaports by modern mega ships and the establishment of dry ports such as the Kaduna inland dry port and others all over the country to decongest the seaports and facilitate expeditious evacuation of cargo from the seaports among others.”
In his own address, Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute, Justice Mahmud Mohammed said the seminar had contributed immensely to deepening the synergy between the judiciary and the maritime sector as part of the wider reform efforts that would reposition the nation’s judiciary for better justice delivery.