Maritime Sector's Key Areas of Focus in 2015

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With the advent of a new year, John Iwori lists the individuals and corporate bodies in the maritime sector that would be the central points of attention.

Idris Umar

With declining price of crude oil at the international market, Nigeria is seeking for alternative sources of income to boost its revenue. One of the areas the federal government is looking to boost the economy is the maritime industry. As the present Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar is one of the individuals to watch in the maritime industry. This is not unconnected with the fact that he will be the key driver of how to make the maritime industry an alternative source of income into the central till. Umar is a not a neophyte in government. He was hitherto a member of the National Assembly. The Gombe State politician, who has not hidden his ambition to govern his home state was first elected into the House of Representatives to represent his people before he later moved into the upper chamber.

Though he cannot be described as a maritime expert, those who spoke to THISDAY said the years he has spent so far in the saddle should give him the experience and exposure to deliver on the charge given him on the day he sworn into office. Besides, he has a lot of aides, including three special assistants, as well as the bureaucrats in the ministry to guide him. Away from the maritime sector, a lot is also expected from Umar in the implementation of policies and programmes, particularly in the provision of mass ....

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