Despite the huge maritime potentials in the country, Nigeria is not ranked amongst the first five countries in the continent in terms of maritime connectivity.
According to statistics contained in the Maritime Industry Forecast by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Morocco has the highest connectivity with 71.5, followed by Egypt with 70.3.
Both countries are followed by South Africa with 40.1, Djibouti with 37.0 and Togo with 35.9 respectively in 2018.
Liner shipping connectivity index (maximum value in 2004 = 100) in Nigeria was reported at 18.93 in 2018, according to the UNCTAD collection of maritime transport indicators representing a marked increase in Liner Shipping Connectivity from the Port Liberalisation Reforms of 2005 to 2015.
The statistics showed that China, Singapore, Korea Republic, Hong Kong (China) and Malaysia have the highest global maritime connectivity of 187.8, 133.9, 118.8, 113.5 and 109.9 respectively in the year under review.
Others are Netherlands, Germany, United States of America, USA, United Kingdom and Belgium with 98.0, 97.1, 96.7, 95.6 and 91.1 respectively in 2018.