The Chief Executive Officer of Wealthy Honey Investment Limited and immediate past Acting National President of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) , Dr Farinto Collins Kayode has congratulated the Ministers of Transportation, Adegboyega Oyetola and Minster of Marine and Blue Economy, Olubumi Tunji-Ojo on their appointments, promising that ANLCA and other maritime stakeholders will rally round them to succeed in their new task.
Dr Farinto who spoke with newsmen on Friday in Lagos said he is very happy that the President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu yielded to the patriotic call by stakeholders including himself for the balcanization of the bogus Transportation Ministry in order to fully harnessed the potentials of the Nigerian maritime industry, especially the Blue Economy project.
Farinto in his words disclosed ‘I must say that am very happy with Mr President for having a listening ear and acting as such. You could remember I was in the forefront of asking the President to balcanize the Ministry of transportation which in my view was very bogus , but not performing optimally. So I started glamoring if you could remember since the President Mohammedu Buhari regime, even though the last regime did not create it, but we never stopped.
” It may surprise you that during the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu campaigns , I made a proposal for the maritime industry and I suggested the creation of Ministry of Maritime Affairs. Am happy that our efforts yielded fruit and now we have Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.
” It will also interest you to know that, when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu won the presidential election, while congratulating him in June, I reminded him of the need to create a Ministry of Maritime Affairs.”
According to the letter dated 20th June, 2023, addressed to President Bola Tinubu, with the title “THE NEED TO CREATE MINISTRY OF MARITIME AFFAIRS” Farinto said ” your Excellency Sir, the previous administrations up to President Mohammedu Buhari have administered the maritime industry through the Federal Ministry of Transportation, which is too large and bogus , hence the reason that all these administrations were unable to harness the maritime industry and tap the full potentials properly. The last administration was only able to concentrate on the rejuvenation of the rail system, which was not even completed”, part of the letter reads.
The letter also suggested that if the Ministry of Maritime Affairs is created , it will achieve the United Nations , Sustainable Development Goals which provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet with 17 SDGs.
The proposal further suggested that the new Ministry can calve out such agencies like Nigerian Aquatic Splendour Authority ( NASA), National Inland Waterways Authority ( NIWA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Department of Oceanography (DOO) and Department of Maritime Insurance ( DOMI) and others as may be required.
Dr Farinto however promised to make himself available for contributions and advises to make sure the new Ministry kicks -off properly to harness the Nigerian maritime and Blue Economy potentials for the property of all Nigerians.
He said he will support both Ministers and the Federal government to make sure , the maritime industry which has a lot of human and material resources is repositioned to create employment for the teeming unemployed youths as well as generate more revenue for government .