FG or­ders fresh probe of NIMASA, NPA, oth­ers

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Chris Agabi

The min­is­ter of Trans­port, Chief Ro­timi Amaechi, has or­dered fresh au­dit of the Nige­rian Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nige­rian Ports Au­thor­ity (NPA).

Speak­ing while re­ceiv­ing the min­is­te­rial com­mit­tee re­port on NIMASA, the min­is­ter ex­pressed worry at the level of de­cay and cor­rup­tion in NIMASA and re­vealed that au­di­tors would be en­gaged to au­dit all agen­cies in the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion.

“We are in the process of ap­point­ing an au­di­tor to au­dit NIMASA, NPA and other agen­cies in the Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion. Maybe af­ter the au­di­tor’s work, we would have a clearer pic­ture as to where all the bil­lions went,” he said.

The essence of the au­dit and the com­mit­tee that was set up, he said, “is to find out if NIMASA at any point dis­charged its core re­spon­si­bil­i­ties be­yond col­lec­tion of rev­enues. And all the rev­enues NIMASA has been col­lect­ing, where did it go?”

“We also set up your com­mit­tee to re­po­si­tion NIMASA and make it rel­e­vant to grow the econ­omy. I will study the re­port and call a man­age­ment meet­ing of the min­istry and take a de­ci­sion on the way for­ward,” the min­is­ter as­sured.

Also speak­ing, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NIMASA, Mr. Dakuku Peter­side, said for NIMASA to be ef­fi­cient and op­er­ate op­ti­mally, the cur­rent struc­ture of the agency must be changed.

“We rec­om­mend that NIMASA de­volves more pow­ers to the zones. We also rec­om­mended some dras­tic changes in the modus operandi of NIMASA. The com­mit­tee pro­posed new organogram to NIMASA where more pow­ers will be given to the zones were ac­tiv­i­ties take place in­stead of hav­ing con­cen­tra­tion of per­son­nel at NIMASA head of­fices,” Peter­side said.

Mean­while, bar­ring all un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari will on July 26 flag-off the com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions of the Abu­jaKaduna stan­dard gauge rail­way line.

The min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion, Mr. Ro­timi Amaechi, dis­closed this yes­ter­day in Abuja while field­ing ques­tions from jour­nal­ists shortly af­ter re­ceiv­ing the Min­is­te­rial Com­mit­tee on ref­or­ma­tion of the Nige­ria Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Re­call on June 1, Mr. Amaechi flagged­off the test run with a train ride from Idu main sta­tion to Kubwa and promised that by July 2016, Pres­i­dent Buhari would com­mis­sion the fa­cil­ity.

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