NIMASA says Navy part­ner­ship work­ing for mar­itime se­cu­rity

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Nige­rian Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said it has deep­ened its part­ner­ship with and the Nige­rian Navy to pro­vide a safe and se­cure mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment for ship­ping ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Act­ing Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NIMASA, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro em­pha­sized this dur­ing a cour­tesy call to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Ad­mi­ral Ibok-Ete Ibas at the Naval Head­quar­ters in Abuja, Wed­nes­day.

“Hav­ing ac­quired a satel­lite sur­veil­lance sys­tem that is ca­pa­ble of mon­i­tor­ing in real time ves­sel ac­tiv­i­ties in our mar­itime do­main, NIMASA is also com­mit­ted to the MoU with the Nige­rian Navy both of which have the over­all aim of mak­ing Nige­ria a mar­itime des­ti­na­tion of choice for both op­er­a­tors and in­vestors,” a state­ment by the spokesper­son, Ha­jia Lami Tu­maka quoted Jauro as say­ing.

The DG said the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the agency to en­hance busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties in the mar­itime sec­tor by en­sur­ing safety and se­cu­rity also led to a Public Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) ar­range­ment with Global West Ves­sel Spe­cial­ists Lim­ited (GWVSL) which was ap­proved by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

He noted that the man­date of GWVSL is to pro­cure and bunker ves­sels for NIMASA’s oper­a­tions, manned by the per­son­nel of the Nige­rian Navy on a Sup­ply, Op­er­ate and Trans­fer (SOT) ba­sis for a 10 year pe­riod af­ter which own­er­ship of the ves­sels will re­vert to NIMASA.

Re­spond­ing, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Ad­mi­ral IbokEte Ibas ad­vo­cated for a re­view of the ex­ist­ing pact to re­flect re­al­i­ties and to make it more ef­fec­tive and ben­e­fi­cial to both or­gan­i­sa­tions and the coun­try at large.

“We (Nige­rian Navy) pro­vide se­cu­rity, we arm those ships. By what­ever means the ves­sels are ac­quired, the Nige­rian Navy is fully man­ning those boats and we still do,” Ad­mi­ral Ibas said.

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