- About 2.1 billion litres of refined petroleum products imported into Nigeria has been trapped in Lagos port
- A former director general of the NIMASA, Temisan Omatseye has condemned the occurrence
- Omatseye said Nigerian shippers should be allowed to take charge of their goods as soon as it arrives the country because this is applicable all over the country
A former director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Temisan Omatseye, said 2.1 billion litres of refined petroleum products imported into the country has been trapped in Lagos Port because of inability of the government to discharge the products.
Nigerian Tribune reports that Omatseye made this known while peaking at the third edition of the One Day With Nigeria Maritime Students, 2018 organised by platforms communications in Lagos recently.
He said the relevant agencies saddled with the responsibility had no requisite vessels to get the fuel from the foreign vessels on anchorage.
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According to the former NIMASA boss, “As I speak to you, do you know right now that we have 2.1 billion litres of petroleum products offshore Lagos, they cannot dscharge it not because they don’t want to discharge it but because they don’t have the capability and capacity to connect that vessel.
“We have so many years sold our birth rights to foreigners and when we now realised that market was not good,they packed their bags and ran away and they left us dry.
“So, right now, we are importing petroleum products but we are unable to discharge them because we failed to see beyond our noses the need for it to build a very strong Maritime industry.”
He, however, urged the federal government to look into making Nigerian ports cheaper and attractive for port users.
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According to him, “Nigerian shippers should be allowed to take charge of their goods as soon as it arrives the country because this is applicable all over the country.
“All the foreign ship owners will not allow Nigerians to get near vessels as soon as it arrives the country inspired of being the landlord of the ports.
“We want government to assist Nigerian ship owners to be in charge because by so doing, they will create more employment for teaming youths.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria spent N2.068 trillion on the importation of petroleum products within a nine-month period, from January to September 2017, rising by 14.32 per cent from N1.809 trillion recorded in the same period in 2016.
That data obtained from the National Bureau of Statistics’ (NBS), Foreign Trade Statistics for third quarter 2017, of the total petroleum products imported, N1.541 trillion was spent on the importation of premium motor spirit, also known as petrol.
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