NIMASA will Protect all National Assets in its Custody – Dr Peterside

 
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has vowed that the Agency under his leadership will take all necessary precaution to ensure that all national assets under its care are used for the benefit of all Nigerians.
 
The DG said this while responding to questions from Reporters at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at the weekend on the Agency’s plans to safeguard the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) from suffering the same fate as the Ship Building and Ship Acquisition Fund (SBSAF).
 
Dr. Peterside explained that the current management was bent on ensuring that the Agency commits itself to the principles and letters of its enabling instruments noting that NIMASA under his leadership will rededicate itself to its core functions of promoting indigenous participation in international and coastal shipping as well as regulating the maritime sector for Nigeria’s economic development.
 
Explaining why the SBSAF may have failed, the DG observed that while the SBSAF was backed by policy, the CVFF is backed by law which makes it more difficult for the CVFF to be open to abuses.
 
“With the CVFF, the Agency contributes 35%, the banks who are the Primary Lending Institutions (PLIs) contribute 50% while the applicant makes an equity contribution of 15%. The various layers of due diligence from the Agency to the banks makes it very difficult for this programme to be abused as the banks for instance will undertake the risk analysis because they are bearing 50% of the risk” the DG said.
 
He assured stakeholders that NIMASA will ensure the disbursement of the CVFF to qualified operators providing they meet the requirements as stipulated in the guidelines.
 
The Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) is a product of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act of 2003 and provides for the disbursement of loans to indigenous operators in the shipping industry to grow their fleet. This fund is derived from the 2% surcharge on all Cabotage contracts which are deducted and warehoused in the CVFF.
 
 
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
Team NIMASA

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NIMASA to Review its Maritime Security Strategy – Dr. Peterside



 
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that the Agency is set to review its maritime security strategy to enhance its capacity to combat piracy and illegal activities on Nigerian waters.
 
Dr. Peterside who said this during the defence of the Agency’s 2016 budget before the Senate Committee on Marine Transport explained that the strategy will be built on three core pillars of achieving safety of lives at sea, protection of goods/products in voyage and securing maritime assets in Nigerian territory. 
 
In achieving this, the DG said that a multifaceted approach including cooperation and coordination among security forces of all the countries in the Gulf of Guinea is being coordinated by the Office of the National Security Adviser with NIMASA playing a key role.
 
Other areas include a Nigerian military led patrol of the country’s territorial waters with NIMASA providing technical support , effective use of the Agency’s satellite surveillance facility to detect illegalities in real time and the development and passage of an anti piracy law that will strengthen the legal framework for prosecution of piracy related offences.
 
Dr. Peterside who solicited the cooperation of the Senate Committee for the actualisation of the Agency’s mandate in sustaining safety and security in the maritime domain also assured stakeholders that with a combination of these strategies, maritime crimes in Nigerian waters would be reduced to the barest minimum in the coming year.
 
While stressing the commitment of the Agency to fully automate its processes under the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), the DG expressed his desire to integrate this platform with the systems already developed by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for greater efficiency and productivity.
 
He assured the Distinguished Senators 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.
 
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Ahmad Rufai Sani assured the Management of the Agency of the cooperation of the Committee in order to deliver on the lofty programmes of NIMASA in 2016.
 
He commended the DG for his commitment to reposition the Agency towards the attainment of its core mandate saying that the Committee will exercise effective oversight on the Agency to make sure that the budgetary provisions are strictly followed.
 
Senators Clifford Ordia, Ovie Omo Agege , Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, Abdul Abubakar Gumel and George Akume all praised the DG for taking concrete steps to reposition the Agency and pledged the support of Senate. 
 
 
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
Team NIMASA

 


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Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (fourth from right) with other management staff at the defence of the Agency's 2016 budget before the Senate Committee on Marine Transport in Abuja.

Obasanjo Charges Government, Stakeholders on Development of Maritime Sector

Former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has asked maritime stakeholders to creatively think of strategies that will grow the Nigerian maritime industry as a viable option to oil and gas.
 
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who was the Chairman at the opening ceremony of a two-day stakeholders’ conference on the maritime industry tagged, “Building a Sustainable Maritime Industry in Nigeria” organised by the Federal Ministry of Transportation also said that most countries that have attained greatness utilised the availability of resources in their maritime environment.
 
The former President who highlighted the opportunities in the Nigeria’s maritime industry to include the vastness of its coastline and huge population called on the government to show more commitment by bringing in professionals to assist in running the affairs of the industry in order to make Nigeria a key player of maritime activity in the African region.
 
While bemoaning the level of underdevelopment in the sector over the years, Chief Obasanjo called on the Federal Government to put mechanisms in place to sanitize the sector for greater efficiency and productivity so that Nigeria does not give the “change” mantra a bad name.
 
In his keynote address, the Minster of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to revive the National Shipping Line without government equity contribution to be solely managed by the private sector.
 
The Minister who also identified corruption as one of the things bedevilling the growth of the maritime sector noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is determined to stamp out corruption in all sectors of the nation’s economy.
 
Hon. Amaechi who insisted that the present administration is committed to the wellbeing of Nigerians noted that “this is a reformist regime and change is not an easy task; the era of making laws without enforcement and implementation is over, hence the need for Nigerians to join hands with this government in rebuilding the nation”.
 
The two-day conference which is expected to chart a new course for the sustainable development of the Nigerian maritime sector is being attended by shipowners, terminal operators, maritime lawyers and other stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry.
  
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
Team NIMASA


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L-R: Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside at the opening ceremony of a two-day stakeholders conference on the maritime industry in Lagos.  
 

NIMASA to Draw Roadmap for Maritime Sector Development ...Commences Top Management Retreat

 
The top Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has commenced a retreat to draw a roadmap for the development of the Nigerian maritime sector.
 
The roadmap which is in fulfilment of the promise of the Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside to stakeholders is aimed at engendering a conducive atmosphere for the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime industry.
 
Themed "Repositioning NIMASA for the Sustainable Development of the Nigerian maritime Sector", the three day retreat is expected to develop strategies that would reposition NIMASA and indeed the maritime sector and draw a Medium Term Growth Strategy for the sector.
 
Speaking at the opening of the retreat, the Director General highlighted five areas of critical importance for the Management to include Survey, Inspection and Certification Transformation programme; Security, Emergency and Search and Rescue Transformation programme as well as Capacity Building Initiatives which entail growing indigenous tonnage, ship building and human capacity.
 
Others are Digital Transformation Strategy; and Structural and Cultural reforms including changes to work ethic and attitude of staff as well as processes and procedures.
 
the DG who observed that on assumption of duty, he met a workforce in NIMASA that was knowledgeable, competent and patriotic however regretted that the Agency had unfortunately delved into politics which brought about divisions in its workforce.
 
He challenged Management staff at the retreat to focus only on the Agency's goal of adhering to its core functions and rededicate themselves to the service of the Agency.
 
While acknowledging that there are problems in the Agency, Dr. Peterside called on Management staff to join hands to turn these challenges into opportunities with the overall aim of positively impacting the maritime sector and Nigeria's economy as a whole, which is the reason for the retreat.
 
The NIMASA DG who referred to himself as the coordinator of the Change programme in NIMASA also expressed his commitment to be that change agent saying "I am ready and willing, physically and spiritually, to work with you as a member of the team in order to actualise the dream of a new NIMASA that will be a pride to Nigeria and a reference point to the global shipping community".
 
He told Management staff that he is committed to a legacy of development in the maritime sector by leaving behind a maritime administration that is known for efficiency and effectiveness, a catalyst for indigenous operations in the sector and a pride to Nigeria.
 
 
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
Team NIMASA
May 11, 2016
 
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R-L: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, a former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili and the Secretary General of Abuja MoU, Mrs. Mfon Usoro at the opening ceremony of NIMASA Top Management retreat in Lagos.
 
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Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside in a handshake with a former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili at the opening ceremony of NIMASA Top Management retreat in Lagos.

“NIMASA IS ON A MISSION OF SELF RECOVERY” - Dr. Peterside



The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that the Agency is on a mission of self recovery towards the actualization of its core mandate for the benefit of the nation’s maritime sector and the country as a whole.
 
The DG who said this at a Stakeholders forum themed: "Repositioning the Maritime Sector for Greater Impact" held in Lagos also highlighted the need for stakeholders to collaborate with the Agency in order to return the maritime industry to its pride of place in the Nigerian economy.
 
Dr. Peterside assured the stakeholders of his commitment to move the sector forward saying that the Agency is about to draft a Medium Term Maritime Growth Strategy to cover the next three (3) years and that the strategy will be stakeholder driven, which has necessitated the organisation of the forum.
 
While pointing out that the Agency is in the process of a structural, cultural and performance reforms, Dr. Peterside said that the focus of the Agency's performance will no longer be measured by how much revenue it derives but on how well it can stimulate the necessary growth of the sector for the benefit of indigenous operators and other Nigerians.
 
“Our performance will be service based and not metric based, the focal point of which will be to create the enabling environment to gainfully engage as many stakeholders as possible with a view to creating wealth and generating  employment for the overall good of the maritime industry and the national economy”, the DG stated.
 
Dr. Peterside thanked the stakeholders for turning out in their numbers for the Agency to draw from their wealth of experience and assured them that contributions will be noted and treated appropriately.
 
Various stakeholders who attended the event applauded the initiative and offered varying contributions aimed at charting a new roadmap for the development of the maritime industry with the promise to send in detailed written memoranda for the DG's consideration.

 Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
Team NIMASA



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L-R: Chairman, Ports Consultative Council, Otunba Kunle Folarin, President, African Shipowners Association, Mr. Temisan Omatseye, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Chairperson, Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Barrister (Mrs.) Margaret Orakwusi and the former President of the Indigenous Shipowners Association of Nigeria (ISAN) Chief Isaac Jolapamo at a stakeholders forum organized by NIMASA in Lagos recently.

Maritime is the Soul of the Nigerian Economy - NIMASA DG




 
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that the maritime sector in Nigeria is the soul of the country's economy.
 
The DG said this at a workshop on "Local Content Implementation in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry: A Cost Reduction Strategy" organised by the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) on the sidelines of the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston, Texas.
 
He observed that the oil and gas sector is often referred to as the heart of the Nigerian economy without taking cognisance of the fact that the maritime sector remains the soul of the economy without which oil and gas exploration may just be in vain.
 
According to the DG, "apart from the fact that most of the oil and gas exploration, which is the major revenue earner of the country is done in the maritime environment, vessels are needed to transport these products from one point to the other making the maritime sector integral to the whole economic process".
 
Presenting a paper titled "Local Content And Cabotage Regime Implementation in the Nigerian Oil And Gas Industry As A Cost Reduction Strategy",  Dr. Peterside noted that the oil and gas industry in Nigeria will not truly develop unless the maritime sector grows with it.
 
While calling on investors to commit more resources to building local content in the maritime industry, the NIMASA DG assured operators that it is in their interest to build local capacity saying an investment in this regard will certainly be mutually beneficial to all parties.
 
Dr. Peterside who expressed concern that NIMASA as a strategic Agency of government has been grossly misunderstood assured stakeholders of the commitment of the new Management to not only engender the development of local content in the maritime industry but also push for the review of the Cabotage Act to make it more beneficial to Nigerians.
 
While decrying the situation where all of Nigeria's oil and gas resources are freighted by foreign vessels, the DG called on International Oil Companies (IOCs) to engage eligible Nigerians in the lifting of the country's hydrocarbons and  promised to assist in building the capacity of indigenous operators to participate more actively in ferrying Nigeria's oil and gas resources.
 
He assured operators in the oil and gas sector that more than ever before, NIMASA is ready to enforce its statutory responsibilities especially in the area of preserving and protecting the marine environment from the adverse impact of oil exploration and other commercial activities warning that the Agency will no longer tolerate a situation where IOCs renege on the payment of levies due to the Agency as enshrined in its enabling instruments.
  
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
Team NIMASA


 
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Pix 1: Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) presenting his paper at workshop on the Local Content Implementation in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry: A Cost Reduction Strategy organised on the sidelines of the 2016 OTC in Houston, Texas.

Pix 2: Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA (right) with other panelists at the workshop on Local Content Implementation in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry: A Cost Reduction Strategy organised on the sidelines of the 2016 OTC in Houston, Texas.

NIMASA’s Lami Tumaka Among Top 100 Global PR Professionals

The Head of Public Relations of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Hajia Lami Tumaka has been named amongst the top 100 global Public Relations Practitioners in the world for mentees to follow by the EvanCarmichael.com worldwide in April 2016.
 
This is in recognition of Hajia Tumaka’s passion for professionalism in the practice of Public Relations for which she is widely known.
 
EvanCarmichael.com, is a popular website founded by Evan Carmichael, a Toronto-based entrepreneur and an international speaker dedicated to helping others succeed by monitoring their progress and influence in their professional and entrepreneurial careers.
Hajia Tumaka’s core Public Relations experience spans over two decades having been Public Relations Manager as far back as 1991 with the Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN) Limited Kaduna for several years before joining the services of the then National Maritime Authority (NMA) in 1998.
As Head of Public Relations in NIMASA, Hajia Tumaka is responsible for managing the image of this foremost maritime Agency that is responsible for the regulation of shipping activities in Nigeria and the promotion of indigenous shipping capacity in international and coastal trade.
A Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Hajia Tumaka holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature and Masters Degree in Business Administration both from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. She also earned a Certificate in Basic Film Production from TV College Jos and a Diploma in Public Relations from the prestigious Holborn College, London.
A woman with an undying penchant for professional Public Relations practice, Hajia Tumaka has a humane disposition and a track record of achievements in all her endeavours holding the trio of Honesty, Commitment and Hardwork as her guiding principles.
Hajia Tumaka has won several awards in the course of her professional career including the Maritime Media Woman of the Year on several occasions amongst several honours and the Best Maritime Industry Public Relations Officer.
She is a happy grandmother whose hobbies include continuous development, reading and travelling and meeting people.
 
 
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
Team NIMASA