A Mariner, Capt Boro
Isele has expressed worry over the lack of functional ship building facilities and dockyards in Nigeria.
Isele made this assertion in a chat with The Tide correspondent in Port Harcourt, Wednesday.
According to him, Nigerian shipowners spend huge sums of money to repair and service their boats or vessels abroad, due to lack of such facilities that are in line with the global best practices.
He opined that the few dockyards in Nigeria and in Rivers State are not up to Standard to carry out total repairs or servicing, as their facilities are not up to date, stressing that owners of shipbuilding facilities and dockyards should be encouraged on the business.
He further noted that although lack of qualified manpower could be another setback, but reiterated that with graduates from maritime institutions, the issue of manpower would not arise.
The mariner expressed dismay that lack of functional shipbuilding facilities and dockyards have given the Nigerian economy and the maritime sector a big blow, adding that Nigerians especially those in the sector should see it as a challenge so that Nigeria would not be missing out in the community of shipbuilding facilities and dockyards.
Isele also bemoaned those that have the facilities and could not maintain them due to lack of patronage to look inward and upgrade them to world standard so that they could compete with their counter parts abroad.
The captain made case for maritime institutions in the country as they also lacked most facilities to train and retrain the manpower that would operate or carry out such facilities.
He called for government support in order for them to survive in the present economic down-turn, while appealing to shipowners to patronize shipbuilders and dockyards in the country.