-by Barnabas Esiet.
The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration has given kudos to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), for effectively implementing its budget despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Chairman of the committee, Lynda Ikpeazu, made the commendation in Lagos during an oversight visit by members of the committee to NIMASA.
Ikpeazu said the Agency has done creditably well and expressed confidence in the current management of the agency led by the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh. She said Dr. Jamoh had laid down a clear roadmap for taking the Agency to greater heights, and pledged the lower chamber’s support.
Recall that on assumption of duty as Director-General in March2020, the NIMASA boss launched a three-pronged agenda for maritime industry development focused on Safety, Security, and Shipping Development.
The House Committee chairman said that by the agenda, the Director-General has laid a good foundation. “The committee is here to monitor the activities of the Agency for 2020 and see how it has performed so far and further legislative assistance that can be brought to bear in order to generate more revenue for the government.” Ikpeazu noted.
“The DG of NIMASA is doing his best to ensure that he repositions the Agency to make sure the Agency delivers on its core mandates, we will make sure we give him all the necessary support he needs because we have seen him moving towards the right direction and, most especially, he has made it clear to us that he wants to address insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.” She added.
The committee chairman also disclosed that the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act Amendment Bill had gone through First Reading in the House of Representatives adding that the proposed amendment will reflect contemporary issues that would be beneficial to indigenous ship owners in the country.