Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has faulted the continuous patronage of illegal harbours, known as secure anchorage areas, by operators in the maritime sector.
He said an unnamed Nigerian was exploiting the industry by collecting $1,200 daily for secure anchorage from ship owners.
Amaechi spoke while delivering a virtual keynote address at the 2020 World Maritime Day Celebration, which held at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos.
He said, “There is a crisis in the maritime sector. The crisis is on the issue of security.
“Today, we have a single individual partnering with the military that is collecting $1,200 to the detriment of shipping companies.
“That one individual is still managing the business with support of other institutions.”
Describing the development as illegal, he stressed that no one other than the minister has the right to set up a secure anchorage area.
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