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Ijaw Youths Laud Dakuku Peterside, Blast Ship Owners over calls for NIMASA DG Sack

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Ijaw Youths Laud Dakuku Peterside, Blast Ship Owners over calls for NIMASA DG Sack

Ijaw youths have frowned against calls by Shipowners in Nigeria for the sack of the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) , Dr Dakuku Peterside, describing it as a needless distraction.

Speaking under the umbrella of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide, the youths noted that Peterside should be commended for the many innovations he has introduced in the nation’s maritime sector and his many other achievements in the short time he has been in office.

Daniel Dasimaka, the IYC spokesman, said that Ijaw youths are saddened by the needless attacks on Dr Peterside, who in his views is one of the stars of the Buhari Administration.

It would be recalled that a fortnight ago Ship owners demanded for the sack of the NIMASA boss, citing alleged incompetence which they claimed has crippled indigenous shipping operations in the country due to lack of funding and deficient government policies.

Reacting to the call the IYC Spokesman stated that it is shameful that Mr Greg Ogbeifun, the President of an associate like SOAN would demarket the Nigerian Maritime sector by claiming that ‘IMO and the rest of the world are aware that our maritime domain has remained a high security risk and it is most unsafe for seaborne trade and activities such as piracy, hostage taking and kidnapping’ all in a desperate bid to discredit and malign Dr Peterside.”

Dasimaka said “for the record, NIMASA safety records under Dakuku Peterside are unparalleled. In the last one year, NIMASA recorded less than 10 maritime accidents. Contrary to the SOAN President’s claims, under Dr Peterside, NIMASA actually foiled seven out of eleven sea pirates attacks in Nigerian waterways. NIMASA is also working tirelessly to create a legal framework to battle sea piracy by relentlessly pushing for the passage of an Anti-piracy bill for a safer Nigerian Maritime domain. More so, under Dakuku NIMASA has secured Minister of Transportation’s approval to increase number of Search and Rescue Marshalls from 100 to 1000 for safety boat users in Nigeria’s territorial waters. Under him, 114 Port facilities of the total 145 ports in Nigeria are now fully ISPS compliant, which makes Nigeria to be rated 80% compliant higher than her assigned 13% compliant level 5 years ago. Due to the foregoing and others, NIMASA activities in the last one year attracted United States Coast Guard’s commendation.This is why the baseless claims by Mr Ogbeifun are quite unfortunate, especially coming from one as highly placed to know better.”

The Ijaw youths stated that the fact that the NIMASA boss is modest about his achievements and do not go to the media to trumpet his successes should not be abused to undo him.

According to Dasimaka under Peterside, NIMASA has taken all corrective measures recommended by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) report in June 2016. Thus, it now operates a 24-hour surveillance system to capture vessels in the Nigerian Maritime domain irrespective of weather conditions.
The 24-hour surveillance system has reduced NIMASA billing operational time from 72hrs down to 24hrs, even as the Agency still targets 6 hours.

“In terms of building Nigerian Content in the Maritime sector, Dr Peterside is about to enforce Sections 36 and 37 of NIMASA Act 2007 to build indigenous capacities in shipping. Already he has changed affreightment of Nigerian cargo especially crude oil lifting from Free On Board trade term to Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) arrangement in favour of indigenous operators. NIMASA would soon take delivery of the 5th largest modular floating dockyard on the African continent, which will help Nigeria save $100m annually.”

According to Dasimaka under Peterside, NIMASA has taken all corrective measures recommended by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) report in June 2016. Thus, it now operates a 24-hour surveillance system to capture vessels in the Nigerian Maritime domain irrespective of weather conditions.
The 24-hour surveillance system has reduced NIMASA billing operational time from 72hrs down to 24hrs, even as the Agency still targets 6 hours.

“In terms of building Nigerian Content in the Maritime sector, Dr Peterside is about to enforce Sections 36 and 37 of NIMASA Act 2007 to build indigenous capacities in shipping. Already he has changed affreightment of Nigerian cargo especially crude oil lifting from Free On Board trade term to Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) arrangement in favour of indigenous operators. NIMASA would soon take delivery of the 5th largest modular floating dockyard on the African continent, which will help Nigeria save $100m annually.”

“We want to also use this medium to laud Dr Dakuku Peterside for the good work he has been doing for the Nigerian maritime sector since assuming office as NIMASA DG.” the statement concludes.



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