35-yr-old Nigerian boat-builder solicits govt support

Thirty-five-year-old Wale Erejuwa, who specialises in building boats, has appealed to the federal and state governments to support him financially to remain in business.

Erejuwa, who told Financial Street that he had been in the business of building boats for years, maintained that he needed government support for optimal performance in his operations.

“I have built more than 40 units of 20-seater boats, 30 units of 10-seater boats and one 35-seater boat, which I am showcasing to the world now.

“When I discovered that some of the covered boats capsized, I carried out a research and came up with an open boat which stopped the challenge of capsizing, except by human error,” he stated.

On what he needed the money expected from government for, he said, “I need suitable space for my workshop, available chemicals for my work as well as patronage.

“Ferries have been helping in reducing traffic on our roads. Daily, they park more than 300 cars at the jetties. If all the cars find their ways to the road, there will be a lot of traffic,” Erejuwa said.

The boat-builder said he could build a catamaran with government support, if he could get more than four hectares of land.

Anozie Egole
Anozie Egole
Anozie Egole is a Transport correspondent. He reports Maritime, Aviation and Rail/Road Transport for Financial Street.

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