NIMASA upholds commitment to vision of IMO’s audit

      The International Maritime Organisaion Member State Audit Scheme(IMSAS)team and some Nigerian officials

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has declared the Agency's support for the vision of International Maritime Organization Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) for Nigeria. 

Peterside, stated this during the opening session of the IMSAS for Nigeria at the NICON Luxury Hotel in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the IMO Audit was in line with the vision of the Agency, which aims at ensuring that the Nigerian maritime sector regains its pride of place in the global maritime industry.

While welcoming the IMO Audit team to Nigeria, Dr. Peterside observed that the result of the audit would enable the Agency to identify and rectify areas requiring improvement and consolidate on areas where Nigeria has comparative advantage over other maritime nations. 

The Audit, which is expected to last from June 6 -14, 2016 is aimed at promoting consistent and effective implementation of applicable IMO conventions, resolutions and protocols amongst member nations.

The Audit is also expected to assist member states lagging behind, to improve their capabilities in the enforcement of these instruments for the overall benefit of global shipping. 

The IMSAS team from the IMO that will undertake the audit is comprised of Capt. Cahit Yakin, Hakon Stohaug and Wei Song.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Mr  Sabiu Zakari represented the Hon Minister at the opening ceremony.

In attendance also, was the Chairman House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, the Alternate Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the IMO, Mr Dikko Bala as well as other directors in the ministry of transportation.