$350m CVFF Does Not Belong To Any Group-Maiguwa
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The Chief Executive Officer of Bricks Nigeria Ltd, Emmanuel Maiguwa has said that the $350m Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) does not belong to any group or individual, but it’s a fund owned by all Nigerians.
Disclosing this in an article titled “The Need For A Framework For Disbursement Of The Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) For The Development Of Nigerian Tonnage And Coastal Shipping” which was sent to kadecommunicationng, the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Alumni explained that disbursing the funds on a simple guideline developed by the Minister alone will not serve the intent of the CVFF and will be a waste of resources.
According to Mr. Emmanuel Maiguwa, “The CVFF is a form of intervention made possible by the Federal government to drive a program that will benefit Nigeria.
“As clearly shown, the funds belong to all Nigerians under the government’s leadership to disburse for the purpose it was collected. It does not belong to any specific group or individual and should not operate as a mutual contribution.
“The disbursement of the funds cannot meet the intention of the Act without careful study and strategy to ensure the goal of developing local and indigenous capacity in shipping is met. Disbursing the funds on a simple guideline developed by the Minister alone will not serve the intent of the CVFF and will be a waste of resources.
“The actual beneficiaries of the funds should only be determined by the outcome of the research and development strategy put in place. Anyone who falls into such a category and is interested in the fund should be able to apply for the funds. His capability to repay within the development strategy should be a determinant for approval.
“Caution should be exercised to ensure value is gotten out of the CVFF. But, while caution is necessary, time is of the essence. Therefore, a suitable framework is critical at this point to take advantage of both the funds that have accrued and the potential in our shipping industry. A thriving Blue Economy for Nigeria is the trigger to releasing Africa’s maritime potential to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development goals.”