11 April 2015, Lagos – The Chairman of Nigerian Port Consultative Council (PCC), Chief Kunle Folarin, recently urged the incoming government to reposition the maritime sector to make it more competitive. Folarin, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that the advice became necessary because a competitive maritime sector could grow the economy.
“To grow the economy from the maritime contribution; to re-engineer the whole maritime sector to be competitive in the region. “To make sure that all the potentials and the reforms that have been carried out over the years within the maritime sector, in particular the port industry, are optimised.
“A point in case of the concessioning regime, customs reform and so many other reforms that are taking place in the maritime sector to position the country to be the leader in the region. “The maritime sector wants to be the apex contributor to the economy; the core of the potential is there.
“The programmes and the projects that will deliver on this particular expectation are there. “So we will write the government to give priority attention has been given to the oil and gas sector to the maritime sector.
He added that a competitive maritime sector would offer job opportunities and create wealth for Nigerians. Folarin said that the new government could achieve so much if it focused more on the sector.