Senate Commends NIMASA, Says Bill To Amend Its Act  Passes First Reading

Photo: L-R: Member, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator David Jimkuta; Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, 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

By: Bisi Akingbade 

The Senate Committee On Blue Economy and Marine Transport has acknowledged the investment in acquisition and building of a strong and safe security architecture by Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
 The committee said that  such effort was a confirmation that NIMASA was conscious of its mandate and strategic status as one of Nigeria’s major contributors to the country’s sustainable development.

Specifically, a member of the Committee, Senator Abdul Ningi,  singularly commended NIMASA management, saying 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 said.

The Senate Committee members made the commendations when they visited the Agency's head office in Apapa, Lagos.

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun, announced that the bill to amend the  NIMASA Act has passed the first reading on the Floor of the Nigerian Senate.

According to Eshinlokun, the senate of the tenth assembly is committed to formulating policies that will ensure Nigerians enjoy the benefits of the blue economy.

He further stated that a constructive evaluation of the existing maritime legal framework was necessary to ascertain gaps for possible review, pledging that the Senate under the leadership of Senator Godswill Akpabio was 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, and we will not hesitate to support your vision, in as much as such is geared towards enhancing the potential of the maritime sector for national growth and development.

“With the creation of the 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, and we must support the government to achieve a better country for all Nigerians”, the Senate Committee chairman said.

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

  The NIMASA boss stressed that a well-developed marine and blue economy would be strong enough to service Nigeria’s annual budget because it encompasses all economic activities associated with the oceans and seas.

He added that “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. Rest assured that NIMASA is utilizing appropriated funds judiciously, evident in our investment in infrastructure. We will continue in the direction President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has pointed with the creation of the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry.

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