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‘NIMASA is not a revenue generating agency’ — Former DG

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Former Director-General (DG), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Ade Dosunmu, on Tuesday said that the agency was not a revenue generating establishment.

Dosunmu, in a statement in Lagos was reacting to the call by the Presidential Policy Advisory Group to merge the agency with the Nigeria Customs Service and Federal Inland Revenue Service.

According to Dosunmu, this is a very serious misconception and dangerous for the future of shipping/ maritime industry in Nigeria.

“My attention has been drawn to speculation purported to have emanated from the Presidential Policy Advisory Group erroneously classifying NIMASA as a revenue generating Agency, thereby proposing a merger of NIMASA, Customs and FIRS.

“NIMASA was created in 2007 following the merger of National Maritime Authority (NMA) and Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council (JOMALIC), deriving its powers from the Merchant Shipping Act, 2007, NIMASA Act, 2007 and Coastal and Inland shipping (cabotage) Act, 2003.

“The Agency is a Maritime Safety Administration responsible for regulating shipping activities in Nigeria, with a view to achieving safer shipping and cleaner oceans as mandated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) through its various Conventions and Protocols.

“The enabling acts give NIMASA statutory powers as specified by International Conventions and protocols for the enthronement of global best practices in ensuring safety of Navigation and prevention / control of marine pollution in the shipping industry as regulated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), in which Nigeria is a contracting member state,” he said.

Dosunmu said that the IMO had 167 Maritime Nations as members including Nigeria due to our vast maritime coastline and issue conventions and protocols, such Conventions as the Marine Pollution Prevention (MARPOL), and others.

He added that all these convention had been domesticated in Nigeria and NIMASA was the focal agency for implementation of the conventions through the discharge of its technical mandate which could not be performed by any other agency in Nigeria.

“NIMASA, being the safety administration of Nigeria, has counterparts in 167 maritime nations responsible for ensuring safer shipping and cleaner oceans through the instrumentality of the technical mandate it performs viz Port states inspection, Flag states inspection, Search and Rescue.

“Others are maritime capacity building, maritime security by ensuring our waters are safe from Piracy and Sea robbers, prevention/control of marine pollution, administers the training and Certification of Seafarers (STCW ’95), others.

“The same technical functions are performed by Maritime Safety Administration of UK, MCA, US Coast Guard, Safety Administration of Greece, Finland, Cyprus and all other member countries of IMO.

“It is, therefore, my humble position that emphasis of government should be on how to strengthen NIMASA to deliver more on its technical mandates and not merging it with Agencies that are not compatible with its philosophy and objectives,” he said.

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