…Wins Award of Public Organization Of The Year 2016
By Nse Anthony-Uko
(Sundiata Post) – The management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has targeted total eradication of sea crimes -Piracy and Sea robbery- on Nigeria territorial waters before the middle of 2018.
This was disclosed by the director general of the agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside over the weekend when the agency was awarded 2016 Public Organization of the year award organized by TELL Magazine Nigeria Limited. Dakuku who acknowledged that the country had before now been facing security challenges on its maritime domains said everything will be tackled by June 2018.
He said “Recall that we have before now been facing challenges of piracy and sea robbery within our maritime domain and we have given our words to Nigeria that by next year June, they should hold us responsible for this sea robbery in our maritime domain.
“From next year June, we will move from wherever we are to zero per cent non piracy on our waterways. That is the first commitment to Nigerian people and we are working day and night everyday in putting things right everyday and to put in place our maritime security architecture to ensure no piracy, sea robbery take place on our waterways,” Peterside.
The DG said the agency was putting technology in place to fully automate process of the agency for easy and quick response to challenges faced by stakeholders. He said “We are also working toward 24hours response to every single challenges anyone will have in doing business on our waterways whether payment of dues, getting sailing clearance or other thing.
“We are working hard to ensure our processes are fully automated, we are committed to having more Nigerians get involved in shipping within the purview of Cabotage act especially right now that we have 65 per cent of vessels working on our coastal waterways own by Nigerians but our idea is to take it to at least 80 per cent and we are committed to achieving that and also working towards that so Nigeria should expect a lot from NIMASA as it relates to maritime regulatory and Safety standard.”
Also speaking on safety and Nigeria return to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Category C seat, Peterside continued, In terms of safety no substandard vessels can find its ways into our maritime domain. We are working hard with industry stakeholders to ensure that substandard ships have no place within our maritime domain.”
“Category C in IMO is an election and I believe we working very hard are doing the right things t the right time and the world is watching us and by the time they vote, Nigerian will be voted back into category C.”
Other recipients of the award include, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who emerged winner in the National Icon of Democracy category, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross Rivers State and Kassim Shetima of Borno state awarded as the Governor of the year, Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari as the Woman of the year, and late Dele Giwa as the all-time “national icon of freedom of speech”, amongst others.
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