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Captain Olu Akinsoji is a well- known personality in the country’s maritime sector. From cadet engineer, he rose to become chief engineer on board of Nigerian flagged Ship in the era of Nigeria National Shipping Line. He was also the rector of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron; before he became the Director General of Government Inspection of shipping (GIS) which was later merged with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). He eventually retired prematurely and since his exit, he has been consulting for many of the maritime agencies and the Federal Ministry of Transport.
In this interview with Business Monitor, Akinsoji reflected on the bane of maritime development in the country, saying the vision and the mission for the sector by pioneer practitioners had since been truncated for selfish purposes; and adding that the ideals which put in place the initial infrastructure would need to be revisited for the sector to make progress and to get to admirable level like the big time maritime nations of the world. KOREDE ALONGE bring the excerpts: