The Nigerian Indigenous Ship-owners Association (NISA) on Tuesday condemned the creation of a parallel association.
The association’s Publicity Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Ilori, condemned the development speaking in Lagos.
A group of 22 indigenous ship-owners, who felt aggrieved following the outcome of the association’s election held in 2014, formed the Ship-owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) in April 2015.
Meanwhile, President of the parallel body, Mr Greg Ogbeifun, had told newsmen at a briefing that the association’s members were still members of NISA.
He also said that the new association was established to facilitate the participation of indigenous ship owners in international for a on shipping matters through effective representation at such meetings.
The NISA publicity secretary, however, said that claims by SOAN in championing a cause was only an excuse as NISA had provisions to take care of such needs.
He said that the development was not in any way good for the ship owners and the larger maritime industry.
Ilori said that the ship owners association would review the development and act appropriately to avoid being dragged back to where it had long surmounted.
The secretary said that no self-serving action would be in the interest of job-creating opportunities as expected of the Nigerian shipping industry.
He said it was regrettable for anyone to stand against a free, fair and credible election that produced a set of competent industry players who could confidently respond to all issues in the industry.