Friday, 29 April 2016

NIMASA 2016 Budget Targets Strategic Growth of the Maritime Industry – Dr. Peterside

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that the Agency’s 2016 budget targets a strategic growth programme for the maritime sector.
Dr. Peterside who said this during the defence of the Agency’s 2016 budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration observed that the Agency is committed to growing the maritime sector for the benefit of indigenous operators and the nation at large.
He informed the Committee members that the Agency targets strategic growth in five key areas in the year 2016 including maintaining maritime safety and security, maintenance of a clean maritime environment and enhanced port state control.
Others areas the DG mentioned include building human and infrastructural capacity as well as sanitising the maritime environment to eliminate corruption while increasing revenue generation for economic growth.
According to the DG, the Agency aims to tap into the vast potentials of the Nigerian maritime industry by growing indigenous capacity with a view to making Nigeria a hub for maritime activities in the West and Central African sub region.
Dr. Peterside maintained that this process will include a radical restructuring of the Agency with a view to repositioning it for greater efficiency and service delivery.
He also assured the Honourable Members of the management’s commitment to ensure transparency, accountability and probity in the discharge of its mandate warning that there would be zero tolerance for corruption.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Mohammed Umaru Bago commended the spirit of industry and commitment of the DG saying that he had no doubt in the Dr. Peterside’s ability to succeed.
He also challenged the DG to utilise all the resources at his disposal to restore safety in the Nigerian maritime domain and also revamp the image of the Agency which he said has been badly damaged in the last few years.
He assured the Agency of the cooperation and support of the committee for the DG’s programmes for 2016 insisting that the committee will monitor the implementation of the budget very closely.

Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
Team NIMASA
lami.tumaka@nimasa.gov.ng

NIMASA DG Calls for Inter Agency Deployment of Resources to Combat Piracy

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called for the deployment of inter Agency resources including the use of advanced technology to secure Nigeria’s maritime domain.
 
The DG said this when he led a delegation of the Management of the Agency to the Air Force Head Quarters to seek collaborative ways of dealing with the rising cases of piracy in the Nigerian waters.
 
Dr. Peterside requested the immediate review of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the Agency has with the Nigerian Air Force with a view to strengthening the Agency’s capacity to deal with maritime crimes as well as reduce the response time for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations.
 
He commended the Nigerian Air Force and indeed the military for the successful prosecution of the war against insurgency in the North East saying that “now Nigeria can begin to discuss developmental issues for the good of all its citizens”.
 
While emphasising that maritime security needs a multi sectoral and inter Agency collaboration, Dr. Peterside called on relevant stakeholders to pool national resources together to defeat piracy and other maritime crimes for the economic prosperity of Nigeria.
 
He pledged the commitment of the Agency to partner with the Nigerian Air Force in order to fight this economic crime and reposition Nigeria as a major hub for maritime activities in the West and Central African sub region.
 
Responding, the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar said the Air Force can deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) attached with cameras in addition to its fleet of Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) to enhance the surveillance of the Nigerian maritime domain.
 
Air Marshal Abubakar who said that the Air Force has several senior officers with competence in aeronautic engineering informed the NIMASA delegation that the Force has produced a prototype that is already in use and that they are ready to build capacity of some NIMASA personnel to handle UAVs.
 
While calling on the assistance of NIMASA and other relevant stakeholders for the mass production of these UAVs, the Air Chief also pledged the support of the Nigerian Air Force to partner with the Agency to deal with maritime crimes.
 
It will be recalled that NIMASA and the Nigerian Air Force had endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Air Force where the Force is expected to provide air surveillance of the maritime domain as well as provide support to the Agency’s search and rescue operations amongst others.
 
 CAPTION
PICTURE 1: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside receiving a plaque from the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar when he led NIMASA Management team on a working visit to the CAS in Abuja.

PICTURE 2: 

NIMASA Management staff in a group photograph with the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar when the Agency paid a working visit to the CAS in Abuja.

Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
Team NIMASA

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

MARITIME SECURITY IS A NATIONAL OBLIGATION – NIMASA DG


The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has again reiterated his desire for a military led patrol of the Nigeria maritime domain to curb the rising incidences of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
The DG maintained that the rising issues of piracy has affected the economic fortunes of the country and called on the military to initiate a joint patrol of the maritime domain with a view to decisively curbing this trend.
Dr. Peterside stated this when he led some members of the Management of the Agency on a working visit to the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai at the Defence Head Quarters in Abuja.
Addressing the Service Chiefs separately, Dr. Peterside acknowledged the gallantry of officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency.
The DG who noted that maritime security is a national and international obligation of all stakeholders also called on the Nigerian Navy to continue with the good job of fighting piracy which they have been doing.


He also assured the CNS of NIMASA’s resolve to strengthen the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Navy in order to eradicate piracy and other criminal activities on Nigerian waters.
Responding, Vice Admiral Ete-Ibas congratulated Dr. Peterside on his appointment as NIMASA DG and pledged the support of the Nigeria Navy to continue to partner the Agency in maintaining safety and security on Nigerian waters.
The CNS stated that as a strategy to nip the rising cases of piracy, the Nigerian Navy has deployed boat houses at the entry points of the creeks and is in the process of inaugurating a surveillance system being developed by the Office of the National Security Adviser to increase its domain awareness.
At the Army Head Quarters, Lt. General Buratai pledged the support of the Amphibious Brigade of the Nigerian Army to collaborate with the NIMASA and other stakeholders to maintain security on Nigerian waters.
The COAS who noted that the Nigerian Army has the capacity to protect Nigeria’s maritime assets also expressed their commitment to reducing the incidences of piracy, kidnapping and oil theft in the Niger Delta.

Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
Team NIMASA
lami.tumaka@nimasa.gov.ng
+234 803 307 3170

PICTURE CAPTIONS
Picture 1.
Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, the Chief of the Naval Staff and Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) during a visit of a delegation of NIMASA to the Naval Head Quarters.
Picture 2.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA and Vice Admiral Ibok Ete-Ibas, the Chief of the Naval Staff in a photograph with some Management staff of both institutions.
Picture 3.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Lt. General Tukur Buratai during a visit of a delegation of NIMASA to the Army Head Quarters.
Picture4.
Hajia Lami Tumaka, Head Public Relations (NIMASA), Lt. General Tukur Buratai and Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency during a visit of a delegation of NIMASA to the Army Head Quarters.

Monday, 25 April 2016

NIMASA CHAMPIONS THE RESOLUTION OF DOCKWORKERS’ TERMINAL BENEFIT.

Disengaged dockworkers at the ENL Terminal would now be paid their terminal benefits in line with the contents of the current bargaining agreements contained in the National Joint Industrial Council (NJIC) document.
This is sequel to the intervention of the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside when the dockworkers staged a protest at the Agency recently. 
Dr. Peterside had promised the protesting dockworkers that the Agency will engage all interested parties in dialogue with a view to resolving contentious issues within seven days.
A series of meeting were then held at the Agency involving representatives of the dockworkers, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), ENL and the Nigeria Police where it was finally resolved that all disengaged dockworkers should be paid the sum of N350,000 as earlier offered by ENL.
The Director General also assured all stakeholders that as the Agency responsible for the regulation of maritime labour in Nigeria, NIMASA will always ensure fair and just treatment of Seafarers and Dockworkers in line with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Agenda and the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006).
The Director General therefore charged employers of maritime labour and the workers to continue to be law abiding and always engage in dialogue as an alternative dispute resolution link.
This is the first time in the history of the maritime sector in Nigeria that casual dockworkers would be paid terminal benefits.

Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
+234 803 307 3170
Team NIMASA

Friday, 22 April 2016

Sierra Leone Maritime Administration Seeks Partnership with NIMASA

The Sierra-Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) hassolicited the support of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in the areas of capacity building of its personnel for effective Port State Control and training of seafarers.
Mr. Lansana Dambuya, the Chairman of the Board of SLMA who led a delegation of some Board Members and Management to NIMASA on a working visit,commended NIMASA for its capacity building initiatives saying it was a model worthy of emulation.
The leader of the Sierra Leonean delegation said that the SLMA thought it wise to partner with NIMASA, one of the leading Maritime Administrations in Africa and to seek areas of collaboration for the benefit of both countries.
The delegation also canvassed for the endorsement of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NIMASA that will give opportunity for the exchange of ideas among staff to not only develop their capacities but also further cement the bond between both countries.
Responding, the Director General of NIMASA Dr.DakukuPeterside commended SLMA for embarking on the working visit and assured the delegation of NIMASA’s cooperation at all times.
The DG who was represented by the Director of Maritime Labour Services, Mrs Juliana Gunwa emphasised the need for collaborative efforts in order to ensure the growth and development of the maritime industry in Africa.
Tracing the history of the cordial relationship Nigeria has had with Sierra Leone, the DG assured the delegation that the Agency will consider their requests and act accordingly for the benefit of both countries.
While calling on countries of the Gulf of Guinea to join the fight against rising cases of piracy in the region, the DG said we are open more than ever before to collaboration and sharing of intelligence on issues relating to piracy and other crimes in order to rid our waters of this menace that has clearly become a danger to our collective prosperity”.
He welcomed the call for collaboration amongst Maritime Administrations saying they must always co-operate with each other for the benefit of securing the maritime environment and to making it safe and secure for shipping activities to thrive.
 
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations
+234 8033073170
Team NIMASA

Thursday, 21 April 2016


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

SEARCH AND RESCUE IS A COLLECTIVE RESPONSIBILITY – NIMASA DG

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that Search and Rescue (SAR) operation is a collective responsibility in the West and Central Africa Region and the entire global maritime scene.
 
Dr. Peterside was speaking during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Technical Session of the Regional Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre (RMRCC), comprising of the West and Central Africa Sub-Region, that held in Lagos, Nigeria recently.
 
The DG who was represented by the Head, Maritime Safety and Seafarers Standards Department of the Agency, Engr. Femowei Abel reiterated the Agency’s commitment to SAR operations in the region and called on other member states to support the quest for safety and security in the Sub-Region.
 
“Shipping is a global business and it is one of the activities that knit all economies in the world together; so the need for safety of lives and security at sea as highlighted by the IMO in its convention cannot be overstated” the DG said.
 
Earlier in his address, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), Mr. Bruce Reid disclosed that over 400,000 lives are lost yearly to marine incidences globally and that collaboration between maritime nations is very necessary in order to mitigate the scourge.
 
Mr. Reid whose organisation is an independent body with consultative status with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) also commended Nigeria for her coordinating role in SAR operations in the West and Central Africa Sub-Region and pledged the readiness of the IMO to work with the region in areas of challenges being faced.
 
Nigeria hosts the Regional Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre (RMRCC) for West and Central Africa, which is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating Search and Rescue operations in the region.
 
 
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations, NIMASA

Nigeria to Maintain High Standards for Vessels in its Waters …Seeks support of classification societies


The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Dr. Dakuku Peterside has reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to continue to set high standards for vessels and oil platforms operating within Nigeria’s territorial waters in line with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS ’74).
 
Dr. Peterside said this during an engagement he had with officials of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Asia Pacific region led by the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mr. Derek Novak in Singapore.
The NIMASA DG emphasized that Nigeria is not and cannot be a dumping ground for substandard vessels and therefore solicited the support and cooperation of classification societies such as ABS to establish and maintain high technical standards for construction and maintenance of vessels and other maritime structures.
He said the maritime sector which is the facilitator of the national economy in Nigeria is growing at a rapid rate and therefore needs all the support it can get. He advocated for regular ship survey to ensure compliance with set standards and assured the delegation that it is one of the priorities of the new administration in NIMASA.
In his remarks, Mr. Derek Novak said ABS has been working with Nigeria for a long time and that the Bureau will continue to maintain the high standards for which the ABS is known. He promised to work with his counterpart in West and Central Africa so that NIMASA can benefit from some of the training opportunities ABS offers.
Mr. Novak expressed optimism that Nigeria is properly positioned to emerge as the shipping power house of West and Central Africa if the country puts its house in order and build on its infrastructural and human capacity. He also identified Singapore as a great maritime nation from which Nigeria should seek closer ties.
Thomas Tan, the Vice President of ABS, Asia Pacific region was also at the meeting.
  
HAJIA LAMI TUMAKA
Head, Public Relations, NIMASA
 
PICTURE CAPTION
PS: Attached picture shows Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) with Mr. Derek Novak, President/COO of American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Asia Pacific Region in Singapore.

NIMASA, MPA Singapore begin New Partnership


The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore have held a bilateral meeting to seek areas of collaboration between the two maritime regulators at the sidelines of the Maritime Regulators Forum holding in Singapore.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside met with his counterpart at the Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) of Singapore, Mr. Andrew Tan where they pledged to collaborate for the benefit of both countries.

Dr. Peterside who told Mr. Tan that Nigeria has huge maritime potentials that have remained untapped also called on Singapore investors to take advantage of the reforms in Nigeria’s maritime sector to invest in the country.

He also requested partnership with the Singaporean authorities in various areas including technology acquisition for monitoring of the waterways, capacity building of personnel, support to upgrade maritime infrastructure a well as acquisition of more ocean going vessels for indigenous operators.

Dr. Peterside assured Singapore investors and indeed the global community of NIMASA’s commitment to focus on effective enforcement of all IMO instruments for which Nigeria is a signatory as well as build the requisite capacity of personnel & infrastructure for the execution of its mandate saying clean and safe oceans and security of ships operating in Nigerian waters remain a top priority.

In his comments, Mr. Andrew Tan who described Nigeria as the new destination for future maritime investments also expressed surprise that there was no institutional relationship between Nigeria and Singapore despite the fact that Singapore is the second busiest and first trans-shipment port in the world and Nigeria a major maritime hub in West and central Africa.

The MPA Chief Executive further suggested that Nigeria can benefit from Singapore's well developed and excess maritime capacity while Singapore can benefit from Nigeria's huge market.

He therefore invited NIMASA to take advantage of the several programmes available in MPA Academy of Singapore to build capacity of its personnel while also leveraging on Singapore's ship building & maintenance expertise to get many Nigeria maritime players own their own vessels.Mr Tan also suggested a new level of cooperation between the two parties at IMO meetings.

The DG of NIMASA who is in Singapore at the invitation of the Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) of Singapore is scheduled to address the Forum of Maritime Regulators on “Indispensible Shipping: Meeting the Regulatory Requirements” at the on-going Singapore Maritime Week on Wednesday.


HAJIA LAMI TUMAKA
Head, Public Relations, NIMASA

April 18, 2016

Monday, 18 April 2016

Tackling Piracy Requires Multi Stakeholder Approach- NIMASA DG


Tackling Piracy Requires Multi Stakeholder Approach- NIMASA DG
 
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has said that tackling rising cases of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea requires multi stakeholder approach.
 
Speaking to journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on his way to Singapore, Dr. Peterside said that a legal framework that prescribes stiffer sanctions, a more vigorous and vigilant military led patrol and better intelligence gathering network will help but cannot be all the solution to tackling sea piracy.
 
The NIMASA DG who noted that the activities of pirates stifle shipping and by extension commerce which is the major driver of global economy observed that "it is because of the priority attention given to tackling piracy that America created the coast guard which has so far proven effective in tackling piracy".
 
Asked if NIMASA and Nigeria is considering setting up a specialized coast guard like the US did, Dr. Peterside said every avenue will be explored towards keeping Nigerian waterways safe as well as the ships that ply them but that it requires wider consultation highlighting that NIMASA under his leadership is already championing a number of initiatives aimed at achieving zero pirate activities in Nigerian waters.
 
While lamenting the unfortunate inclusion of Nigeria among the top three countries where pirate activities occur, the DG said that with the new fighting impetus, the trend will be reversed in no distant time as his administration is committed to repositioning NIMASA for the accomplishment of its core mandate of ensuring safe, secure shipping and a cleaner marine environment.
 
The DG who is in Singapore at the invitation of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore is billed to address a forum of maritime regulators and experts at this year’s Singapore Maritime Week on the topic “Indispensible Shipping: Meeting the Regulatory Requirements”.
 
HAJIA LAMI TUMAKA
Head, Public Relations, NIMASA

NIGERIA, KOREA STRATEGIC PARTNERS IN THE MARITIME INDUSTRY – NIMASA DG

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said there is need to strengthen the strategic partnership between Nigeria and the Republic of Korea in the maritime industry, as the two countries stand to derive mutual benefits from such relationship.  
 
This disclosure was made during a courtesy visit by the Korean Consul General to Nigeria, Mr. Lee Younghoan to the Agency.
 
While recognising the strategic position of Korea as a great ship building nation, he appealed to the Consul General on the need for qualified Nigerian seafarers to be placed onboard Korean vessels operating in the Nigerian maritime domain; noting that Nigeria has a pool of qualified seafarers and other competent maritime personnel that can adequately serve the global maritime industry.
 
Furthermore, Dr. Peterside reiterated the Agency’s commitment to tackling the daunting menace of piracy and related forms of criminal activities at sea.
 
“Nigeria is poised to tackle the menace of piracy and we have recorded great successes in the past three months and our vision is to have safe and secure oceans with zero piracy activities in the next one year”, the DG stated.
 
Earlier in his address, the Consul General, Mr. Lee Younghoan commended the Agency for its efforts in fighting piracy activities on the nation’s waterways and also appealed for more surveillance and security in safeguarding lives and property on the nation’s waterways.
 
He assured the DG of the readiness of the Korean Government to support Nigeria especially in the areas of safety and security.
 
It will be recalled that the DG at a recent forum expressed the Agency’s desire to work with other stakeholders and expedite action on the passage of the Anti-Piracy and Other related Crimes at Sea into law, which will provide the requisite framework for the fight, prosecution and punishment of piracy and related maritime crimes.
 
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations.

Friday, 15 April 2016

“A LABOURER IS WORTHY OF HIS REWARDS”-DG NIMASA

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has restated the Agency’s commitment to ensuring the welfare of all Dockworkers at the Nation’s Seaports.
The DG made this known while addressing protesting Dockworkers from the ENL Terminal at the NIMASA Headquarters in Lagos.
While briefing the DG on the reasons for their protest, the spokesman of the workers, Mr. Lekan Afolabi said that they have been working at the ENL terminal for the past 10 years without appointment letters. He said they were only recently issued the letters after they made their grievances known to the ENL Management. He also appealed to the DG to intervene on the issue of their terminal benefits in order to avoid chaos in the Ports.
The DG thanked the Dockworkers for being orderly and peaceful in their demands. He said that since the Agency regulates maritime labour practices in the country, he  would do everything legal within his powers to ensure that their grievances are adequately addressed.
“A labourer is worthy of his rewards, in this regard we shall ensure that no Dockworker in all the Seaports in Nigeria is short changed”, the NIMASA DG said.
Dr. Dakuku charged the Dockworkers to continue to be law abiding while the Agency tries to resolve the dispute through a tripartite meeting with the leadership of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, ENL Management and NIMASA.
It should be noted that NIMASA is responsible for the welfare of Dockworkers and Seafarers in line with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Agenda and the MLC 2006 Convention which Nigeria recently ratified. 
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations, NIMASA

Thursday, 14 April 2016

NIMASA DG Welcomes EU Investment of 20m Euros in Gulf of Guinea

 
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has welcomed the plan by the European Union (EU) to invest over 20 million euros on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.
 
The DG stated this when he received a delegation of the EU consultants led by Mr. Chris Hedley in his office on Monday.
 
Dr. Peterside commended the EU for such an initiative and also called on other partners to collaborate with the Agency and Nigeria to eradicate the piracy and other criminal activities in the Gulf of Guinea.
 
He said “more than ever, Nigeria is better positioned to take advantage of strategic partnerships to make the country the hub of maritime activities in West and Central Africa”.
 
The NIMASA DG who observed that the Gulf of Guinea is very strategic to world trade also assured the delegation of the Agency’s determination to tackle the menace of crime at sea in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
 
Earlier in his address, Mr. Chris Hedley said the EU planned to use the funds in developing and strengthening legislations, building capacity in maritime security and developing the necessary Information Technology (IT) for member Nations with a view to eradicating piracy and other related crimes in the Gulf of Guinea.
 
PHOTO  CAPTION

R-L: Head, Public Relations Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Hajia Lami Tumaka, Director, Admin. and Personnel Services, NIMASA,  Mr. Jibril Ibrahim, Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, European Union (EU) consultants Mr. Chris Hedley and Holger Frommert and the Acting Legal Adviser, NIMASA Mr. Abdulsalami Suleiman when the EU team visited the Agency recently. 
 
HAJIA LAMI TUMAKA
Head, Public Relations, NIMASA

NIMASA Pushes for Early Passage of Anti Piracy Law


The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has expressed the Agency’s desire to work with other stakeholders and expedite action on the passage of the Anti-Piracy and Other related Crimes at Sea into law.
The DG who stated this at a 4-day workshop organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in collaboration with the United States Government which held in Lagos recently, explained that the bill is necessary to provide the requisite framework for the fight, prosecution and punishment of piracy and related maritime crimes in Nigeria.
Dr. Peterside who thanked participants at the workshop also called on them to do a thorough job so as to ensure early passage into law when presented to the National Assembly as it will reduce the legislative input that may cause delays.
He assured participants and maritime stakeholders that the Agency would collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Transportation, the Federal Ministry of Justice and all relevant stakeholders to ensure early conclusion of work on the draft bill and ultimate transmission to the National Assembly for enactment.
Mr. GuiseppeSernia and Philip Drew both of the UNODC were facilitators at the workshop where it was agreed that the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA will meet again to fine tune the draft anti-piracy bill before sending it to the Federal Ministry of Transportation for presentation to the Federal Executive Council and ultimate transmission to the National Assembly.
The workshop which focused on developing a robust anti-piracy bill aimed at dealing with piracy and other related maritime crimes had in attendance Justices of the Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court, prosecutors from the Directorate of Public Prosecution of the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as well as officials from the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA.
The Anti-Piracy bill which is an initiative of NIMASA was conceived to incorporate the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the Suppression of Unlawful Acts at Sea (SUA) conventions of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) into a comprehensive legislation to deal with the menace of piracy and related crimes in the Nigerian maritime domain.

HAJIA LAMI TUMAKA
Head, Public Relations, NIMASA

NIGERIA WILL BE THE HUB OF MARITIME ACTIVITIES IN AFRICA - NIMASA DG

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has reiterated the Agency’s commitment to ensuring that Nigeria becomes the hub of maritime activities in Africa, thereby making it a reference point in the continent.
 
The DG stated this when he officially took over from the former Acting Director General, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro at the headquarters of the Agency in Lagos.
 
Dr. Peterside who observed that the Agency has competent personnel to drive the mandate of the Agency also called on Mr. Baba Jauro to always avail the Agency of his experience and expertise whenever the need arise.
 
“We will harness the vast potentials available in the Agency in order to make Nigeria a maritime hub in the West and Central Africa sub-region by implementing all international laws and conventions, increased enforcement of our mandate and build the necessary capacity for indigenous operators leveraging on the Cabotage Act” the DG stated.
 
He described the former Acting Director General of the Agency, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro as an Ambassador of NIMASA to the Federal Government and called on him to continue to support the Agency whenever his services are needed.
 
 In his comments, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro expressed gratitude to God and the Federal Government for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation in the last three and half years and that he is ready to work for the success of the present Management anytime his services are required.
 
While welcoming the new DG, Mr. Jauro enjoined him to look through the Act that governs NIMASA as his guiding compass, while also noting that the Cabotage Act should be reviewed with a view to impacting positively on the indigenous operators.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed Dr. Dakuku Peterside as the Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), thereby replacing Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro as the substantive Director General of NIMASA.
 
HAJIA LAMI TUMAKA
Head, Public Relations, NIMASA

DR. PETERSIDE ASSUMES DUTY AS NIMASA DG.

Dr. Dakuku Adolphus Peterside has assumed duty as the Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The new DG who arrived the NIMASA Head Office on 4 Burma Road Apapa today Tuesday March 15, 2016, immediately went into a closed door meeting with members of Senior Management of the Agency.
Dr. Peterside who observed that he is aware that there are competent hands in the Agency also solicited the cooperation of the staff to reposition the Agency for greater productivity.
While noting that he is in NIMASA to serve the nation and humanity, the DG expressed his readiness to partner all stakeholders with a view to positively impacting the maritime sector and the Nigerian economy at large.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government had on Thursday last week appointed Dr. Dakuku Peterside as the Director General of NIMASA for a four year term.
 
HAJIA LAMI TUMAKA
Head, Public Relations, NIMASA

PRESIDENT BUHARI APPOINTS DR. PETERSIDE AS NIMASA DG.

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr. Warisenibo Dakuku Adolphus Peterside as the Director General/CEO of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Dr. Peterside replaces Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro who until Thursday March 10, 2016 superintended the Agency in acting capacity.
Dr. Peterside holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Management Sciences (Organisational Behaviour) from the University of Port Harcourt with an MBA in Business Administration and Bachelor Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (B.MLS) in Haematology both from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
He has also attended high level management trainings at prestigious institutions including the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, Kellog School of Management Chicago, J. Mark Robinson College of Business Atlanta-Georgia all in in the United States as well as the Galilee College in Israel amongst others.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside was at various times the Chairman, Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Rivers State on Works, Executive Director of Development and Leadership Institute (DLI) and Commissioner of Works in Rivers State.
In 2011, Dr. Dakuku Peterside was elected to represent Andoni/Opobo-Nkoro Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives where he chaired the House of Representatives Committee on the Petroleum Resources (Downstream). He was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Rivers State in the April 2015 general elections.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (IMCN) and also holds membership of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) as well as Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN)
Born on December 31, 1970, the new NIMASA DG is a native of Opobo Kingdom from Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State. He is married to Elima Peterside, a Lawyer andthey have three children.
HAJIA LAMI TUMAKA
Head, Public Relations, NIMASA
March 10, 2016