|Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA|
The Director-General, of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stressed that the Board and the entire
management of the Agency are committed to ensuring that the Agency responds to
its core mandate of advancing Nigeria’s global maritime goals.
stressed that the efforts had attracted commendations from various sections of
the country including the Federal Executive Council who are fully committed to
the new drive of the Country’s foremost maritime administration, noting however
that they would not relent in the efforts to make Nigeria a leading maritime
According to him, “we are putting a lot of structures in place to ensure the
Agency remains on a sound footing and our efforts have attracted commendation
from the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and stakeholders within and outside
the maritime sector.
Agency perform the functions for which it was set up and make it the leading
maritime administration in Africa. This is why we are continuously working hard
and poised to making Nigerians reap the benefits of the sector,” he said .
said that the transformation of the Agency had been phenomenal in
terms of repositioning and revenue generation, stating that NIMASA is among the
top five agencies contributing to the coffers of the Federal Government.
Dr. Peterside further said that NIMASA was working continuously in
collaboration with relevant security agencies to ensure the protection of
Nigerian waterways and by extension the Gulf of Guinea.
He particularly commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to the
maritime sector by giving the needed support to carry out reforms, policies and
programmes that have had tremendous impacts on the fortunes of the industry.
On the recent boat mishaps around the country and Rivers in particular,
he expressed sadness over the incidents but was quick to add that NIMASA would
work with the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to promote safety and
safer ways of water transportation. He promised to personally donate 1,000
life jackets to jetty operators in Rivers State as a way of promoting safety
recently reinforced its commitment to safety of lives and property in the
maritime sector and this was evident by the Agency’s action of shutting down of some facilities for not conforming with the International Ships and Ports Facility
Security (ISPS) Code.