Iheanacho Calls For Development of National Fleet

***Promises To Work With Lagos NUJ

By Ambrose Okehi

The former Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Ihenacho has called on the Federal Government  to support in Government’s efforts in floating national fleet, saying the development of such national fleet would not be managed by the same government but by private investors.
Capt. Iheanacho also called on the Federal Government to tackle armed robbery and piracy on Nigeria’s territorial waters.
The former minister who is also the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Genesis Shipping, a full fledged shipping Indigenous company made this call when the newly elected executive members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos State Council led by Mr Adeleye Ajayi visited him in his Apapa office recently.
Capt. Iheanacho while speaking further to the visiting Lagos NUJ Council’s executive, promised to work with them and support the union in it’s programmes and activities.
The Genesis Shipping boss equally appeals to the Nigerian Navy to help and be involved in checkmating the activities of pirates on the Nigerian territorial waters.
According to Iheanacho, “Armed robbery and piracy give our country bad name and one of the consequences is that the premium is added to insurance on goods coming in,” the master mariner started.
Captain Ihenacho who also had earlier threw his weight behind the issue of National fleet development, further said that such development of a national fleet must not predominantly be under government ownership, rather be under private participation and such private participators should be allowed and given the freedom to manage the fleet as such method would go a long way to help in repositioning the shipping operators and the entire industry.
Ihenacho promised a cordial working relationship with the NUJ, Lagos Council and commended programmes outlined for members.
On his part, the Chairman, NUJ Lagos Council, Mr Pete Ajayi described Ihenacho as media- friendly and supportive anytime he was  invited by the media.
He commended the contributions of the Master Mariner ( Capt. Iheanacho)to the maritime sector in terms of Cabotage Act 2003; the move to create a national carrier to be administered by the private sector; and human capacity development in the Shipping Industry.
Ajayi said, the union looked forward to the support of the firm on key projects of the Union.

L-R ,President Chartered Institute of Transport Administration Nigeria (CIoTA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh (left) and Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho in a Press Conference.

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