|… Stakeholders commend NIMASA’s Leadership Role in Africa|
|The Managing Director National Inland
Waterways Authority, Senator Olorunibe Mamora, The Director General NIMASA, Dr.
Dakuku Peterside, The Minister of State for Works, Engr. Mustapha Baba Shauri
and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation Mr. Sabiu
Zakari at the 2018 World Maritime Day Celebration in Lagos on Tuesday
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, and other top players in the maritime industry, at the 2018 World
Maritime Day celebration held on Tuesday in Lagos.
Themed “IMO 70:
Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future,” this year’s event, which
coincided with the 70th anniversary of the International Maritime Organisation
(IMO), according to Dr. Dakuku, could not have come at a better time than now,
when Nigeria is taking deliberate steps to harness the enormous benefits of the
country’s maritime industry.
the Director-General, NIMASA is taking various steps to ensure the growth of
the sector for the overall economic benefit of the country. “We want to make
sure that our maritime sector remains virile and this is the reason we are
making moves to safeguard our maritime domain because we cannot talk about
shipping without taking the safety and security of our maritime domain
seriously,” he stated.
out that the total spectrum maritime security strategy being put in place by
the Agency will ensure that the maritime subsector was rid of criminalities
that hamper the industry’s growth. He said the ultimate goal of the Agency was
to make Nigeria one of the safest maritime domains in Africa.
the Executive Order of the Federal Government on Ease of Doing Business, the
Director-General said the Agency had succeeded in reducing the issuance time
for bill and sailing clearance to vessels to 24 hours,
thereby drastically reducing the delay in vessel turnaround time.
event, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Sabiu
Zakari, who represented the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon
Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, said Nigeria received and generated a lot of cargo and
must, therefore, take advantage of its geographic position to grow its economy
through effective maritime development.
“Nigeria enjoys larger share in the movement of cargoes due to her location
along the Gulf of Guinea, which is a transit and strategic route for movement
of cargo across Africa. It is, therefore, imperative that the route is secured
to fully harness the benefits of maritime trade.”
vein, Nigeria’s Alternate Permanent Secretary to the IMO, Mr. Bala Dikko, said
in recent times Nigeria’s relationship with the United Nations organ had
improved. He commended the leadership role NIMASA was playing in the West
African sub-region, stating that security in the region has greatly improved
due to the renewed collaboration and cooperation being championed by Nigeria
among the maritime administrations of the sub-region.
remarks, the Secretary-General of the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State
Control For West and Central African Sub Region, popularly referred to as Abuja
MoU, Barr. Ufom Usoro, noted the recent strides of NIMASA in the development of
the maritime industry. Usoro said NIMASA, as Nigeria’s representative on the
MoU, had played a leading role in the region, especially as it concerns port
state and flag state control. She commended the leadership of NIMASA for
carrying the stakeholders along in its bid to move the industry forward.
impact of the Dakuku-led management of the Agency was being felt on the
continent, adding that this is one of the reasons he was re-elected to lead the
Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) for another term at the
recently held fourth conference of the body in Egypt.
Maritime Academy (MAN), Oron, Commodore Duja Effedua, and other notable
stakeholders at the event were unanimous in their commendation for NIMASA,
especially as it concerns building capacity for the sector. They called for
support for the Agency’s drive to create sea time for the graduates of the
Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).
Maritime Day is a day set aside by the IMO to celebrate the contributions of
the maritime industry to the global economy. Though internationally marked on
September 27, each IMO member state has the right to choose a suitable date on
which to commemorate the event.