BY GODWIN ORITSE
MORE facts have emerged as to the reason why Nigeria lost to Liberia in the just concluded Council seat of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), election.
The elections which held last week in London saw Liberia clinching 107 votes as against 99 by Nigeria who was on the category ‘C’ before now.
Sources at the London office of IMO disclosed that the support by the United States Government for Liberia cost Nigeria the election.
Besides, the delay and the non approval for a campaign strategy by Ministry of Transport submitted by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency was also said to have been responsible for gang up against Nigeria.
Liberia, a former American colony had been asked to step down for Nigeria did not oblige neither did it refuse but went ahead to contest and won.
Another factor that led to the Liberia’s victory over Nigeria is that it has a better pedigree in International shipping as its well structured ship registry that is considered one of the best in the world.
It gathered that Nigeria is considered to be no where near Liberia in terms of tonnage and besides Nigeria has been in that Council for about 4 years.
Meanwhile, stakeholders in the maritime industry have reacted to the news and blamed the development on lack of proper coordination.