The Federal Government has ordered for the strict implantation of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act  which was signed into law in 2003 by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Daily Trust reports.

Unimpressed by the level of compliance with the act, the Minister of Transport, Senator Idris Umar, in his letter to Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) dated April 16, 2015, directed for the strict implementation of the Law.

The minister has specifically noted that strict application of the Cabotage and NIMASA acts will go a long way to ensure greater revenue to NIMASA and the country, as well as unleash a chain of economic benefits to corporate bodies and individual players in the industry.

Reacting on the development,  President, Nigeria Ship owners Association (NISA), Capt Dada Olaniyi Labinjo, yesterday, commended the move, saying the Cabotage Act is finally working.