In view of the high cost of boats and boat anchors, outboard motor engines and standard life jackets, among others, the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has appealed to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to cushion their operational challenges with a fraction of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF).
This appeal was made by the President-Geneeral of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Com. Adewale Adeyanju during the Customer Service Week 2018 tagged, “Excellence Happens Here.”
Adeyanju who was represented by Abdul Erodje urged NIMASA to plough “a small percentage of the CVFF” to the sector to enhance waterways transportation in Lagos State and nationwide.
According to Erodje, who is also a member of the association, this will solve some of their challenges and serve as NIMASA’s local content development, and “with proper management, will enable local operators to acquire standard boats to provide internationally accepted inland waterways transportation services.”
Just like the indigenous shipowners are going to use the CVFF for standard vessels to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts in that sector, because boats and vessels are all conventional means of transportation.”
He expressed his conviction that the funding of the local boat operators by NIMASA to acquire standard boats would also form part of the local content development drive of the agency.
While the association wants NIMASA to establish search and rescue volunteer groups and taking up their training, it also requested that NIMASA collaborate with relevant stakeholders in the industry to perfect registration of members and training/ certifying them on Power-Driven Small Crafts, ferries, pleasure boats to establish a pool of well-trained workforce that employers can pick from.
Meanwhile, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stressed the need for customer-focused business transactions since “businesses exist because of the customers.”
Speaking at the event, Dakuku who was represented by the Head of Legal Services, Mrs. Aishatu Jidda, noted that “customers have to be retained to sustain the business.”
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