NIMASA Act Amendment Bill Passes First Reading In Senate

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NIMASA Act Amendment Bill Passes First Reading In Senate

As Dr Jamoh Pledges Commitment to continuous industry Capacity Building

The bill to amend the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA Act, has passed the first reading on the Floor of the Nigerian Senate.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun, revealed this during a working visit by the committee to NIMASA operational offices in Lagos.

According to him, the Senate of the tenth Assembly is committed to formulating policies that will ensure Nigerians enjoy the benefits of the blue economy.

Speaking further, the Committee Chairman averred that a constructive evaluation of the existing maritime legal framework is necessary to ascertain gaps for possible review, pledging that the Senate under the leadership of Senator Godswill Akpabio remains committed to supporting the maritime sector, in line with the vision of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR.

“Let me inform you that the Bill seeking amendment of the NIMASA Act, has passed first reading on the floor of the Senate .

“I have to say on behalf of my colleagues that we are with you on this journey. We will not hesitate to support your vision, in as much as it is geared towards enhancing the potential of the maritime sector for national growth and development.

“With the creation of Marine and Blue Economy Ministry by Mr. President, a message has been passed to all stakeholders that the maritime industry has a huge role to play in our nation building. We must align with the vision of the President, we must support the government to achieve a better country for all Nigerians”, Sani said.

Also, the Committee members unanimously acknowledged NIMASA’s investments in acquisition, building of a strong safety and security architecture, reiterating that such effort is a confirmation that NIMASA is conscious of its mandate and strategic status as one of Nigeria’s major contributors to the country’s sustainable development.

More so, a member of the Committee, Senator Abdul Ningi, commended NIMASA Management, stating that much progress has been made over the years.

“I have visited this Agency over the years and must note that much progress has been made over the years. You have done very well”, he commended.

In his welcome remarks , the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR, stressed that the Agency is commited to both human capacity and infrastructure development, to grow the Nigerian blue economy .

Speaking further, Jamoh stated that a well-developed marine and blue economy will be strong enough to service Nigeria’s annual budget, because it encompasses all economic activities associated with the oceans and seas.

According to Jamoh, “NIMASA is working tirelessly to secure our waters and by extension, the Gulf of Guinea. The time has come for us as a nation to build on the recent gains in the area of safety and security of our waterways. NIMASA is utilizing appropriated funds judiciously, evident in our investments in infrastructure. We will continue in the direction President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has pointed with the creation of the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry.


L-R: Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Wasiu Eshinlokun; Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR; Member, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Mpigi Barinda and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Sunday Karimi, during an Oversight visit by the Senate Committee on Marine Transport to NIMASA in Lagos.


L-R: Member, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator David Jimkuta; Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR; Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Wasiu Eshinlokun; Senator Hashiru Oyelola; Senator Biyi Fadeyi and Clerk of the Committee on Marine Transport, Dauda Bukat during an Oversight visit by the Senate Committee on Marine Transport to NIMASA in Lagos.


R-L: Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Wasiu Eshinlokun; Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Sunday Karimi, during an Oversight visit by the Senate Committee on Marine Transport to NIMASA in Lagos.


L-R: Member Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Asuquo Ekoenyong; Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR; Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Wasiu Eshinlokun; Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator David Jimkuta and other members of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, during an Oversight visit by the Committee on Marine Transport to NIMASA in Lagos.

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