A MAJOR indicator that Nigeria operates a backward maritime economy is the existence of a large quantum of wreckages and derelicts within our maritime ecosystem, especially the coasts and waterways.
Nigeria has a generally poor attitude to wreckage and waste management. Along our highways, at our airports and waterways, wrecked vehicles and vessels are indiscriminately abandoned by the owners, and the authorities charged with the responsibility of ensuring their removal rarely do their jobs.
As a result, many owners of old shipping vessels truck them down and dump them in Nigerian waters. They know that no one will hold them accountable or force them to pay for that obnoxious behaviour.
In 2018, a former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, warned the owners of such vessels to remove them or they would be penalised or made to pay the cost of removal.
The situation remained the same. But there are…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper