Nigeria?s maritime law is obsolete. Hassan Bello.

Hassan Bello, the Acting Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Shipper?s Council (NSC) has called for an urgent review of obsolete maritime laws  to maximise potentialities in the sector.

He made the call on Sunday in Abuja at a forum organised by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) where he said that the statutes establishing the nation?s maritime agencies were no longer in tune with current realities.

He noted that the maritime sector had the potential of becoming the highest revenue earner and liberates the country from its monolithic oil economy and to achieve this, Bello said the laws establishing the Nigerian Shipper?s Council, the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and other maritime Agencies needed to be reviewed.

`The need for the reform of Nigeria Shipper?s Council Act is imperative because it is an old Act passed in 1978, about 35 years ago. You will agree with me that there has been passage or a fusion of time since that time and international trade has grown in leaps and bounds, leaving the law panting, running after it and that should not be the case.

“Here, we are in the age of electronic interface, we are in the age multi-modernism, we are in the age of door-to-door cargo delivery and so many other nuances of trade and a law has to codify such development,? Bello said.

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