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Nigeria Needs More Shipyards

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 13, 2015

 The establishment of more shipyards remains an effective strategy to tackle the nagging problem of unemployment in Nigeria, says Ayorinde Adedoyin, ship owner and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Peace Gate Group.

Adedoyin called on the federal government to adopt the Brazilian model which, according to him, required ships meant for long-term contracts in Brazil to be built in the country. He is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX) 2015 Planning Committee.
The law says categorically that any vessel that would do a long-term contract in Brazil must be built in Brazil. See how many shipyards in the world that ran to Brazil to go and set up shipyards. See how many thousands of jobs that they have created, he pointed out.
Adedoyin expressed concern over the poor regulation in Nigeria and called for the strict enforcement of provisions of the Coastal and Shipping Trade (Cabotage) Act 2003 as Nigerian Local Content Law. 
He noted that that shipyards would offer jobs to many skilled and unskilled Nigerians, including maintenance engineers, technicians, spare parts dealers, drivers, doctors, nurses, caterers, among others.

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