A two days’ capacity building program in the area of admiralty law and practice which held in port Harcourt practice on 25 to 26 July, 2019 ended with stake holders calling on the federal government to improve the operating capacity of the Eastern ports.
Organizer of the workshop and Former NBA PRO: Angus Chukwuka and also an Admiralty lawyer’s society of Nigeria which held in port Harcourt, Rivers State said nations everywhere in the world blessed with having seas such as Nigeria are making fortunes from maritime commerce.
He lamented over the difficulty encountered by transporting goods by roads to the east or South which are often times diverted with criminal intents due to bad roads and heavy pressures of trucks, tankers and lorries breaking down on the far distant road with increasing cost of repairs, maintenance of both vehicles and roads.
He said the consumers are left to bear the brunt of the price of such goods due to hike in prices of goods and also noted that industries that would have benefitted from booming as a result of the eastern ports are frustrated out of business leading to more unemployment, hunger and social vices.
Mr. Angus explained that a booming Eastern ports will guarantee more job opportunity, reduction in crimes and criminality. higher gross domestic product and foreign income earnings.
Some of the Resource persons who presented papers at the program included The General Manager of Ports and Terminal Operators Nigeria Ltd, Ekpoita Ephraim. Dean of faculty of law, UNIPORT, professor Lucky Ibibia Worika. Senior Partner of Sterling Law Alliance, Eni Akpodiete. Managing Solicitor of ILS, Abayomi Akinwole and also Managing Solicitor of Law Sector, Angus Obinna Chukwuka
Participants were drawn from different parts of the country including, Akwa Ibom State, Edo State, Enugu State and Rivers State.
They were lectured on the Bills of Lading and International Conventions, Charter Parties, Maritime Claim and liens, Admiralty Jurisdictions, and Arrest/release of Ships .
The national president of the society observed that the essence of the program is to build the capacity of the applicants so they would be able to handle maritime claims, contribute meaningfully to the development of the maritime industry and become efficient in the legal framework of personnel and maritime policymaking.
According to the president, Angus Obinna Chukwuka, there is need for the federal government to take urgent steps to deal with the lull in the Eastern ports
He said the lull is causing increases in Crime and criminality.