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NIMASA to automate payment collection process



To eliminate revenue leakages and achieve
greater efficiency, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA) has set to automate its payment collection processes, in line with its
restructuring programme.

The Director General of the Agency, Dr.
Dakuku Peterside said this when he hosted representatives of major shipping
companies operating in Nigeria under the auspices of the Shipping Association
of Nigeria (SAN) in his office.

Peterside said that the current practice
was being reviewed to ensure improved efficiency, and assured the delegation of
the Agency’s readiness to institute more transparent ways of calculating the
three per cent levy charged on all inbound and outbound cargo.
“We are automating our payment platform in
line with our strategic growth plan to ensure greater efficiency in the payment
process.
“The new process will be integrated with
similar platforms of sister Agencies in order to correctly ascertain levies
chargeable per freight and eliminate the bottlenecks currently being
experienced.”
The DG told the delegation that the
Agency’s commitment to the elimination of piracy and other criminal activities
on the waterways was unwavering and that the Federal Government through the
Office of the National Security Adviser
 would soon launch a high capacity
satellite system to assist the military in dealing with maritime crimes.
Dr. Peterside also urged the shipping
companies to support the Agency’s capacity building programme by providing sea
time experience for cadets sponsored under the Nigerian Seafarers Development
Programme (NSDP).
Representatives of the Shipping Companies
who had earlier raised the issue of maritime security and payment procedures
also commended the DG for his commitment in dealing with the issues raised.
While promising to support the capacity
building initiatives of the Agency by providing the requisite sea time
experience for the NSDP cadets, the Shipping Association also expressed their
commitment to the development of the Nigerian maritime industry.
Some of the shipping companies represented
at the meeting include; Grimaldi, Maersk, GAC, Hull Blyth, Mediterranean, PIL
and Comet Shipping.

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