NIMASA, Navy renew MoU to boost maritime security

Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, the Chief of the Naval Staff, presenting a plaque to Mr Haruna Baba Jauro, the Ag. Director General of NIMASA, when the NIMASA boss visited the Naval Head Quarters Abuja recently
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy have resolved to deepen their collaboration inorder provide a safe and secure maritime environment for shipping activities.
This was made known in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos by the Head of Public Relations, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, and made available to newsmen.
It said the resolve was made when the Acting Director General of NIMASA, Mr Haruna Baba Jauro visited the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas at the Naval Head Quarters, Abuja.
Jauro stated NIMASA’s commitment to renew and strengthen the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both organisations.
The NIMASA boss also commended the Nigerian Navy for keeping to the spirit and letters of the MoU, which he said had drastically improved safety in the Nigerian maritime domain.
The statement quoted Jauro as saying that NIMASA remained committed to the MoU and would do better monitoring the maritime domain with its acquisition of a satellite surveillance system.
He added that the aim was to make Nigeria a maritime destination of choice for both operators and investors.
He said the determination of the Agency to enhance business activities in the maritime sector by ensuring safety and security also led to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
The partnership, according to the statement, is with Global West Vessel Specialists Limited (GWVSL), which was approved by the Federal Government.
He said the mandate of GWVSL was to procure and bunker vessels for NIMASA’s operations, manned by the personnel of the Nigerian Navy on a Supply, Operate and Transfer (SOT) basis.
He said the partnership was based on a 10 year period after which ownership of the vessels would revert to NIMASA.
The statement said the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas appreciated the efforts of the NIMASA Management in the past eight years since the MoU was first signed.
Ibas noted that the MoU had been beneficial especially in the areas of training of officers and logistics support to naval operations.
He said that by the provisions of the MoU, the Navy provided security, armed the ships and still manned the boats.

According to the statement, Ibas also advocated for review of the existing MoU to reflect current realities and to make it more effective and beneficial to both organisations and the country at large.