Maritime Industry is a nation’s economic driver -NIMASA DG

David Adekunle, Lagos

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), says it has been in the forefront of positive transformation of the nation’s economy through its regulatory and promotional activities , particularly in the last one year.

The Director General of the Agency, Dakuku Peterside, who said this at a forum in Lagos Southwest Nigeria, said NIMASA symbolises the needed change in the country.

Peterside identified the Final Billing System for Freight Charges, Improved Maritime Safety, Security, and Domain Awareness, as well as other transformations in the country’s maritime administration as the major economic drivers.

Critical Changes
He mentioned that other critical changes in the sector were the renewed capacity building drive through implementation of a five-year cabotage cessation plan, and the reorganisation of the Nigerian Ship Registry.

The Nimasa Director General said that the changes introduced by his administration has led to improved service delivery and customer satisfaction.

According to him, with the Final Billing System, we have put an end to double billing, over-billing, and protracted billing, the system ensures closure of all vessel billing transactions within two weeks after departure,

“With the use of satellite surveillance technologies, in combination with intelligence systems, we are able to identify, with a consistent 365 days and a five-year profile, all vessels that visit our Exclusive Economic Zone,” Peterside added.

The  NIMASA boss explained that the agency has launched a five-year Cabotage cessation plan beginning from 2021, to stop the grant of Cabotage waivers and ensure full implementation of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003, which came into force in 2004.

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