Edo Government has said its efforts to industrialize the state will pay off through developmental work going on at the Gelegele seaport.
The State Attorney-General, Prof. (Mrs) Yinka Omorogbe disclosed this in Benin at a one-day sensitization seminar with the theme “Edo Maritime Renaissance,” organized by maritime committee, Nigeria Bar Association Benin branch.
Omorogbe who was represented by the Director, Citizen Rights Department, Mrs Felicia Monyei, said it is therefore trite that maritime law is one of the keys to industrialization in a state.
“The government has done a lot to transform the state by using maritime law to create a solid industrial base.
“Hence with a solid functional port in Gelegele, Edo people and residents in the state will enjoy the benefits of exporting and importing their goods to and from Europe, America respectively.
“This will in turn lead to the establishment of allied businesses such as tank farms, private dry ports, and others that by default have to do with seaport,” Prof Omorogbe said.
She said that it would also impact positively on legal practice in the state due to the increase in commercial transactions.
Omorogbe however emphasized on crude oil and agriculture which she said the practices have been expounded in recent administration which has keyed into the idea of placing maritime law as one of its pivotal developmental areas.
She said maritime law is an aspect of the law that is not well known but has a lot of potentials in the development of the Nigerian Economy, particularly the economy of Edo.
Earlier, the Benin branch NBA chairman , Prince Collins Ogiegbaen harped on the need to enhance his members’ knowledge in the area of maritime trade and law to enable them to be effective in accordance with the constitution
He said his members have roles to play to improve trade when Gelegele seaport takes off.
He disclosed that a technical committee has been put in place to fast track the building of infrastructure aspect of the trade, adding that the code is different from the code covering the international laws.
In his lecture, “Rethinking Maritime Cabotage and Development of lnland Waterways Transportation in Nigeria”, Dr Dr Ese Owie urged the state government to engage the Federal and relevant stakeholders to build waterways in the state.
Owie said he is optimistic that Gelegele seaport would be a reality, adding that Gov Godwin Obaseki has assured with good policy frame work to provide free flow of trade in the state.