Friday, 10 June 2016

Amaechi Canvases Use of Inland Waterways for Mass Transportation in Lagos

The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has restated the readiness of the Ministry to partner with the Lagos State Government on better ways of utilising the inland water ways to improve transportation system in the state.
The Minister who was the Lead Speaker at the 1st Lagos Traffic Radio Lecture Series with the theme “Migrating Workforce: The Challenges of Mass Transportation” observed that it has become necessary for Lagos State to utilise other modes for mass transportation as the roads alone cannot cope with the level of migration into the city.
Hon. Amaechi said that the ministry has forwarded the National Transport Commission and the Nigerian Railway Corporation bills to the National Assembly for consideration with the aim of enhancing regulation and further opening opportunities for private sector investment into critical transport infrastructure.
He highlighted some of the strategic interventions the ministry has embarked upon to improve transportation system in the country to include the auditing of the maritime sector, the re-establishment of a new national shipping line through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, building modern rail infrastructure to link most of the country and the establishment of inland ports amongst others.
While commending the Government of Lagos State for its strategic focus in transportation development, Hon. Amaechi urged the Lagos State Government to remain committed to its transport master plan.
The Minister assured stakeholders that the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari has the capacity and political will to deliver on its promises because of its zero tolerance for corruption and commitment to due diligence.
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Corporate Communications

From Right: Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Hon. Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Information and Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) at the 1st Lagos Traffic Radio Lecture Series held in Lagos.
Left to Right: Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, Dr. Anthony Ekundayo Mobereola, Hon. Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Transport at the 1st Lagos Traffic Radio Lecture Series held in Lagos.

Marine Notice

Thursday, 9 June 2016

NIMASA to Undergo Major Reforms – Dr. Peterside

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) will undergo major reforms in the next one year to boast it's capacity to drive the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime industry.
The Agency's Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside who stated this recently also added that the reforms are in line with the 'change' agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration which is committed to the diversification of the nation's economy.
During an audience with a delegation of the Oxford Business Group led by its Country Director, Izabela Kruk, Dr. Peterside emphasised that the Agency has the requisite knowledgeable human capital saying what was required to refocus and reposition the Agency is a committed leadership which the present Management is willing to provide.
He said that the Agency is developing a medium term strategic growth plan which will aid the Management to focus on its core mandate of promoting the development of indigenous capacity in international and coastal shipping as well as effectively regulating the maritime industry in Nigeria.
While commenting on the public perception of NIMASA over the years, Dr. Peterside said that the Agency under his leadership will completely change the narrative from the negative perception of corruption, inefficiency and abandonment of its core mandate to that of a Maritime Administration that is alive to its responsibility intent on making Nigeria the preferred destination for maritime activities in Africa.
He emphasised that the Agency will leave no stone unturned, including seeking legislative amendment if need be, to ensure full compliance with the Cabotage Act 2003, which according to him is necessary to fast track the desired growth in the maritime sector.
The Country Director of the Oxford Business Group, Izabela Kruk had earlier expressed the readiness of the Group to partner the Agency in documenting and publicising NIMASA activities in its widely read journal.
Ms Kruk who highlighted the benefits of the Group's partnership with some Nigerian agencies including the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC) and the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) said the collaboration has yielded a lot of positive results for Nigeria pledging that they intend to do same for NIMASA. 
The Oxford Business Group is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets in Africa, Asia and Latin America educating investors on the opportunities in these markets and how best to harness them.
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,

NIMASA’s Commitment to Maritime Capacity Building is Unwavering- Dr. Peterside

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has again reiterated its commitment to the development of maritime capacity for the growth of the Nation’s maritime sector.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said this while presenting a paper on "NIMASA’s Efforts Towards Human Capacity Development in the Maritime Industry" at a sensitization forum organised to engender students' interest in shipping in Lagos recently.
Dr. Peterside who was represented at the event by the Agency’s Director of Maritime Labour Services Mrs. Juliana Gunwa explained that the Act setting up NIMASA specifically highlighted the functions of the Agency to include human capacity building which is evident in the successes recorded in the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).
According to the DG, the NSDP was specially designed to stimulate youths to pick up careers at sea as a result of the ageing corps of Nigerian seafarers.
He charged youths to take a keener interest in the opportunities in the maritime industry emphasising that the sector provides great prospects for employment generation and wealth creation.
Dr. Peterside also called on relevant stakeholders to collaborate with the Agency by putting these young NSDP cadets on board their vessels in order to gain the requisite sea time.
“The NSDP was initiated to arrest the dearth of trained seafarers in the Nigerian Maritime Sector which arose from the liquidation of the Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL). The indigenous shipowners also have to play their role to support the Agency’s drive to build human capacity”, the DG said.
Also speaking at the event, the President of the Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Engr. Greg Ogbeifun commended the management of NIMASA led by the Dr. Peterside saying the DG has made the Agency more vibrant.
He praised the Agency’s painstaking commitment in encouraging youths who are the future of the Nigerian maritime industry.
The one day programme which was organised by Platform Communications tagged "The Youths and the Future of Nigeria's maritime industry" to commemorate the Children's Day celebration is aimed at exposing the youths to the opportunities available in the maritime industry.
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head Public Relations,

Vertical and Horizontal Partnership Required To Grow the Maritime Sector - Dr. Peterside

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has averred that vertical and horizontal partnership is required to grow the Nigerian maritime sector.
The DG stated this when he played host to the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Rolf Ree in his Office.
Dr. Peterside who described Norway as a great maritime nation which has earned global acclaim as a complete maritime cluster that is driven by technological development. The DG/CEO   also expressed Nigeria’s readiness to partner with the Norwegian Government and its Maritime Authority for mutual benefit and thus propel the growth and development of the maritime industry in Nigeria.
He further reiterated the resolve of the Agency to ensuring safety and security on the nation’s waterways, noting that it will attract more investors to the country. 
“Norway has a lot to benefit from Nigeria as we are a major player in Africa especially the hydro carbon trade and the Country has a lot to benefit from Norway, in the areas of expertise and technology needed to develop the sector. To this end the Agency is prepared to enter into a partnership, provided it protects Nigeria's interest and it is in accordance to our laws”, the DG said.
Accordingly, Dr. Peterside said the Agency has committed itself to a number of initiatives including the development a medium term strategic growth plan and building alliances with critical stakeholders all aimed at leapfrogging the Nigerian maritime sector.
Earlier in his address, Ambassador Ree who described the Nigerian maritime sector as very impressive noted that the Norwegian Government is willing to collaborate with NIMASA for the development of the maritime sector in many areas including enhancing the Nigeria flag. 
He also expressed the readiness of Norway to provide infrastructural and technical support to NIMASA in the country’s quest to assert itself as major player in Africa.
Since assuming duty as the DG of NIMASA two months ago, Dr. Peterside has sought collaboration from local and international stakeholders with a view to engendering a sustainable development of the maritime sector for Nigeria's economic prosperity.
Hajia Lami Tumaka
Head, Public Relations,
May 26, 2016


Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside presenting a souvenir to the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Rolf Ree when he paid a courtesy visit to the Head Office of the Agency in Lagos.

From Left to Right; Director Administration and Personnel Services, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Mr. Jibril Ibrahim, Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Rolf Ree, Director, Maritime Labour Services, Mr. Juliana Gunwa, Head, Shipping Development, Mr. Akin Akinyosoye and Head, Public Relations, Hajia Lami Tumaka when the Ambassador paid a courtesy visit to the Agency in Lagos.