Peterside pledges commitment to making Nigeria hub of maritime activities in Africa

Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside (Right)receiving handover notes from the former Ag. Director General, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro at the HQ of the Agency in Lagos.

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has reiterated the Agency’s commitment to ensuring that Nigeria becomes the hub of maritime activities in Africa.

Peterside stated this when he officially took over from the former Acting Director General, Mr Haruna Baba Jauro at the headquarters of the agency in Lagos.

He said NIMASA would harness the vast potentials available to it, for  Nigeria to attain the maritime hub in the West and Central Africa sub-region.

 He said it would involve implementing all international laws and conventions, increased enforcement of NIMASA’s mandate and building the necessary capacity for indigenous operators leveraging on the Cabotage Act.

Peterside observed that the agency has competent personnel to drive its mandate, even as he called on Baba Jauro to always avail the agency of his experience and expertise whenever the need arises.

 In his comments, Baba Jauro expressed gratitude to God and the Federal Government for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation in the last three and half years .

He pledged readiness to work for the success of the present Management anytime his services were required.

He advised the new director general to allow the NIMASA Act to be his guiding compass, while also noting that the Cabotage Act be reviewed with a view to protecting the interest of indigenous operators.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed Dr. Dakuku Peterside as the Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).