The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) is worried by lack of certified ship radio technicians and other experts required for effective ship repair and maintenance services in the country.
The Acting Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko disclosed this during his recent visit to Greece alongside the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
According to the NPA boss, Greek ship-owners said one of the reasons they were not servicing and maintaining their vessels in Nigeria was because of the non-availability of certified technicians and experts in the country.
In his words: “Greece also raised an observation that there were services in those days that are no more in existence in Nigeria. For instance, radio communication repairs; that there are no certified providers of those services. Cleaning of the vessels; there are no certified providers.
“But we told them it is a private sector business but I’m mentioning it here. The Greek lines are saying that there is none that has class. So, they said those services are no longer available. Even their radio communication, let us assume they want to repair (their radio), when they get to Nigeria, there is no certified person. There could be people that can do it but they need certification (to be) in class. They really complained about that and I was surprised.”
Bello Koko said the ship owners will be willing to repair and maintain their ships in Nigeria as soon as there are certified professionals and ship repair yards in the country that can ensure their vessels remain in good condition.