2021 performance :
NIMASA scores high on maritime security, safety, working synergy, seafarers training
*Remits N37.6 bn
*Gives safety guidelines for barge operations
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), under the leadership of Dr Bashir Jamoh as the Director General (DG), has recorded tremendous feats in its regulatory functions.
Looking at its performance in 2021 fiscal year, the Agency scored high on maritime security, safety, capacity building for seafarers, revenue remittances to the federation account and other areas of responsibilities. For instance, its achievement in maritime security has given Nigeria international recognition as a maritime nation.
Addressing maritime reporters, the DG revealed that the Agency introduced safety regulations for barge operations in the country. This he said becomes imperative to ensure safety at sea.
His words :
“Safety is our core mandate. therefore,
to ensure safety at sea, we introduced this policy in line with international standards. The Agency also established marine accident investigation unit.
Climate Change :
“Also, to address the issue of climate change in our maritime environment,
NIMASA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Maritime Transport Coordination Centre”.
Intelligence sharing/working synergy :
Speaking further, Dr Jamoh informed that NIMASA established Maritime Intelligence Unit for the purpose of information and Intelligence sharing with other security agencies in the country.
He pointed out : “With the setting up of Maritime Intelligence Unit, we are able to share information with office of the National Security Adviser, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff, the Army, Police, Customs, NDLEA and other relevant agencies.
“For example, we synergize with NDLEA for monitoring the Deep Blue Assets, so that during inspection of vessels
NDLEA can join in the examination to detect illicit drugs.
“We also work with Customs to prevent small arms and other prohibited items from entering the economic environment.
“We are also going to work hand-in-hand with Ministry of Agriculture to check illegal fishing in our waters”.
Revenue remittances :
“In 2020, we remitted N31.8 billion to the federation account. In 2021, we paid N37.6 billion. With 2022 in focus, we want to strengthen our capacity for more revenue collection. N37.6 billion is not our own milestone, we intend to double our efforts until we reach the promise Land.
“NIMASA is not a revenue generating agency but the Act establishing NIMASA makes it mandatory for such annual remittances. We also generate revenue for administrative purposes”.
IMO Council seat :
“The question on why we lost IMO seat is quite interesting. We had considerable support but two days to go, things changed because no one informed the Voters of our tremendous achievements in maritime security, safety and other areas.
“For the future, we will work on our image, in order to change
the negative perception about Nigeria globally. We will improve our bilateral relations. We will also advertise our work on international media and increase our technical support for IMO programmes, to remove the negative impression about Nigeria.”