The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), have agreed on modalities for seamless and timely delivery of the Deep Blue Project assets currently at the ports.
The agreement was reached in a meeting between the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh and Comptroller-General of Customs, CGC Hameed Ali, in Abuja.
According to the CGC; “because of the peculiarities of the urgent need of these assets, there is need to find a common ground that would assist in full deployment of these assets”
While appreciating the Customs boss for the efforts to clear the Deep Blue Project assets still at the ports, Dr Jamoh urged Customs to share information and capacity with the Agency to ensure successful implementation of the Deep Blue Project.
The NIMASA DG also raised issue of the Modular Floating Dock, which he described as a public asset to be managed by the ICRC.
He said, “The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) is fully involved in the process to select a managing partner for the Modular Floating Dockyard. We urge the Service to see and treat the assets as national assets, which should enjoy some concession in terms of duties.”
“When it becomes operational, hundred of direct jobs will be created and thousands of indirect employment will also be created.”
The meeting took place at the office of the Comptroller-General of Customs in Abuja