A former General Manager, Western Zone, Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Mallam Muhammed Bulangu has expressed
optimism of extending the hosting right of the Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX) to other parts of country.
Balungu who was speaking to newsmen at the exhibition stand in the ongoing NIMAREX 2014, Monday hoped that NIMAREX would soon move out of Lagos to be hosted in other parts of the country.
According to him, “ I am happy about what is happening today and our hope is that in a very short time NIMAREX will transcend Lagos and be held in other parts of the country. Lagos is not the only the Maritime hub in Nigeria but places like Warri,Port-Harcourt and Calabar will host this glamorous occasion where manufacturers and stakeholders will exhibit what they have for us.”
He also said that as a founding father of NIMAREX, he was happy for the success made so far by the organizers of the event.
“You can see the way the place is, it has really taken shape and it is really taking shape in showcasing the maritime industry to the world.”
Additionally, the NPA topshot said that the previous Expos had affected policies of the federal government in the Maritime sector.
Giving an example with the Presidential Retreat, he said, “two years ago, there was a Presidential Retreat on Maritime and this was borne out of the previous Expos we did, so you can see how important the expo has been to the industry and how it has drawn government attention to the industry.
He also said that the dredging of the lower Niger channel and other channels in the country was done by the government to aid maritime transport.