Expert Sues for Collaboration

Posted by Maritime Newsroom

In order to find a workable agreeable platform and a better working relationship that will enhance growth and development in the maritime industry, an expert in maritime issues, port and shipping related matters has called for a more and better collaborative and inter-agency good working relationship in the maritime transport shipping sector of the economy.

The Chairman Ports Consultative Council (PCC),Otumba Kunle Folarin, who decried the negative effects of not working collaboratively have in the entire sector and the economy in general.

It was based on that this maritime expert stressed the need for the government agencies in the ports to collaboratively and cooperate among them in order to achieve a common goal good for all us.

Otumba Folarin made this remark while delivering his paper at a one day intensive capacity building seminar for journalists organised by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in conjunction with Maritime Industry Advocacy Initiative (MIAI) at the Airport Hotel, Lagos on Monday.

His paper titled: ”Getting the Ports Industry to Deliver on its Mandates’.

According to Otumba, the key sectors of the nation’s economy like the maritime industry, the agencies in charge of operation have to play collaborative roles and to synergize so as to be able to achieve results.

Otumba Folarin, who is also the chairman, National Seafarers Welfare Board (NSEB) equally told the participants that the one day capacity building event that there always conflicting disagreement among the government agencies. Some of such conflicts come up in the functions of the minister of Transportation and that of ministry of Finance among other in the maritime.

Folarin stated that most a times these poses as threat because sometimes ministerial supervision, national objectives as well as National Assembly interference have always posed a threat to effective running of some agencies, hence the need for strict adherence to the laws.

He further stated that: ”Cooperating under different laws and different agencies could be a difficult task as he listed the consequences to include project abandonment and undue delays.

He noted that harmonious, peaceful inter-agency collaboration will surely achieve higher level of compliance and strict enforcement of the rules and regulations as well as increase high quality tolerance for among the port operators instead of the ineptitude and lawlessness on the port operational.

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