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Ship-owner wants new DG NIMASA to concentrate on growing indigenous capacity for shipping development

Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho
 An indigenous Ship-owner,
Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, has urged the newly-appointed Director-General of the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku
Perterside to dwell more on growing indigenous capacity for shipping.

 This is contained in a
statement in Lagos by the Head of Corporate Affairs and Media Relations,
Integrated Oil and Gas Ltd/Genesis Worldwide Shipping, Mr Enyeribe Anyanwu.
Pledging support and setting
agenda for the new director general, Capt. Iheanacho said the key expectation would
be for the director general to judiciously use the Cabotage Vessel Financing
Fund(CVFF) to grow the sector.
“We welcome Mr Peterside to
the office of the DG the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA). He is a good man.
“We hope his appointment would
mark the beginning of a positive change in the focus and administrative
interventions of the agency.
“It is our hope that Mr
Peterside would concentrate his administrative efforts in a genuine attempt to
grow indigenous capacity through a judicious use of the CVFF funds, and the new
DG must also make the cabotage provisions work.”
Iheanacho said the director
general would need to properly understand the difference and distinction
between the administrative responsibility for the safety of shipping and the
security of the maritime environment.
 He said safety of shipping and its associated
costs is a NIMASA function, while the security of the marine environment and
its costs remains a Nigerian Navy responsibility.

He also called for the need to refocus NIMASA to its core maritime industrial
safety and local capacity development responsibilities, while simultaneously
making an attempt to demilitarize the outlook and presentation of the
agency.

Iheanacho said the new director-general would do well to “court the support of
indigenous shipping in his consultations with the various stakeholder groups in
the maritime sector, and we will fully support him.”

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