By Sandra Chukwunyere
|The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has commended the indigenous ship owners in Nigeria, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and Alumni Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron(AMANO) for building Ship locally.|
The Director General of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made the commendation during the ongoing maritime stakeholders forum organized by the Alumni of Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron (AMANO) in Lagos yesterday.. The event whose theme is Cabotage Act: 16 Years After, brought together the Creme de La Creme of the shipping industry in Nigeria take a critical review of the Cabotage Act and to ascertain if the focus, and direction of the Act after being operational for over 16 years have been in line with the aims and objectives.
Dr. Dakuku noted that if Nigeria starts to build ships, it will lead to improvement in skills acquisition, create more employment, retention of scarce foreign exchange as well as foster improvement in the area of infrastructural development.
The NIMASA boss also attributed that the Act is already succeeding in improving the general landscape despite scathing criticism. He said that many years ago, there was no single Nigerian seafarers on any international ocean-going vessel. According to Peterside today, Nigeria is the only African country with the highest number of seafarers listed onboard international vessels. He also noted that as at today, Maerskline has 34 Nigerian seafarers onboard her international vessels. He said, No other African country has been able to achieve that.
Mr. Peterside, also lauded the initiative of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP), adding that though the implementation has not been thoroughly monitored. He however, expresses regret that is unfortunate that within 16years of operating the Cabotage Act, Nigeria has not been able to build vessel in country owing to certain challenges. He said for Cabotage Act to be achieved, there must be a collaboration and cooperation of all relevant stakeholders, agencies.
In his words, Dr. Dakuku said NIMASA is determined to reposition Nigerias ship registry. We have initiated the project, there’s the commencement of the cessation of the granting of waivers, noting that from 2020, certain vessels will be barred from entering Nigeria as they must be built in Nigeria,he added.ReplyForward