Friday, 19 August 2016

PHOTO NEWS: Official Engagement and Strategic Partnership Meeting

From left: Engr. Anas K Suleman, Nigeria's Technical ‎Adviser/Deputy Alternate Permanent Representative (APR) to IMO, Marie Bates, Snr Oil Analyst-Apex/LNG Mgr of Lloyd's List Intelligence (LLI), Mr Dikko Bala, Alternate Permanent Representative (APR) of Nigeria to IMO, Mr Jonathan Fletcher, Snr Acct Mrg of LLI, Mr Akin Akinyosoye, Head Shipping Development department NIMASA, Mr Daryl Williamson, Commercial Dev Director LLI during a meeting of officials of Lloyd's List Intelligence (LLI), APR of Nigeria to International Maritime Organisation and NIMASA in London for official engagement and strategic partnership on maritime intelligence and development of maritime sector in Nigeria.

Saturday, 13 August 2016


Let me send my profound best wishes to the youths of the world especially youths of Rivers State on the occasion of International Youth Day 2016.

Without doubt, the future of society and indeed mankind depends on the wellbeing of young people. Unfortunately today, our youths in Rivers State are forced to live under the dangerous environment of a State that has been identified as one of the most dangerous states to live in Nigeria. This rating is occasioned by the short life expectancy caused by unprecedented cases of armed robberies, kidnapping, cultism, murder and piracy amongst other crimes.

It is never in doubt that this sordid situation was created and still being sustained and promoted by a state government that came into existence through the patronage of criminality. It is also easily understood that as a beneficiary of crime, the state government has compromised the morality and vigour to fight crime. The result is that Rivers State has become the Hobbesian state of nature, where life is ‘brutish, nasty and short.’

However, mine is a message of hope to our youths that they should not despair; they should not give up and indeed they should not quit as quitters cannot win and winners do not quit. Somewhere at the end of the tunnel is a ray of light signifying hope, greatness and prosperity for our youth, people and the future. When the right people take up the mantle of political leadership in Rivers State, young people will heave a sigh of relief because the perilous times of today will be quickly dumped in the abyss of history.

It is important for our youths to develop their abilities in critical thinking and deploy same in discerning what is good from bad, what is right from wrong and engage only in those things that will bring about progress, better life and advancement to themselves and the society. Our young people must shun political thuggery, cultism and killings.

Therefore, on the occasion of this year’s International Youth Day, I urge our young people in Rivers State to continue to shun violence and vices; they should rather engage their hands and minds meaningfully to ensure a better future for themselves and the society. It is only by so doing that the youths and our people will consummate their dreams and aspirations in life.

Dakuku Adol Peterside, PhD

Director-General, NIMASA

Our Commitment is to make NIMASA globally reputable – Dr. Peterside

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that the focus of the new Management is to make the Agency a Maritime Administration that works, that is client friendly and a beacon of hope for Nigerians.

Dr. Peterside who said this when a delegation from the African Leadership magazine led by its Publisher Mr. Ken Giama paid him a courtesy visit also noted that the Management is committed to making the Agency more productive and efficient.

The DG stressed that “the dream of NIMASA is to be a respectable voice globally on maritime issues and to be acknowledged as the most effective, most efficient, most competitive maritime administration in Africa, that is our dream.To be a maritime agency working with other stakeholders globally to protect Nigeria’s interest in the global maritime sector”.

Acknowledging the fact that the Agency is yet to achieve this feat, Dr. Peterside said that “we are championing a massive repositioning, reform and restructuring programme, and of course all those that have ideas that will help us are welcome on board”.

He noted that there is a new regime in maritime administration in Maritime Administration in Nigeria which has moved from one phase to another phase where shipping is safe, secure and environmentally friendly in the maritime sector and our country at large.

The DG also assured the delegation that NIMASA will take advantage of the African Leadership media group’s global platform to let the world know that there is a new regime in maritime administration in Nigeria that is committed to the adoption of best practises in all areas of its operations.

Earlier, the Publisher of the African Leadership magazine Mr. Ken Giama who said that the magazine is one of the leading media houses reporting Africa to the world also called for a partnership with NIMASA to use its platform to propagate the changed narrative of Nigeria which was hitherto, negative.

Mr. Giama also invited the Agency to partner with the magazine on its ‘Waste to Wealth’ programme which is aimed at not just engaging young people in productive ventures but also creating job opportunities and generating wealth for Nigeria’s teeming population.

Hajia Lami Tumaka

Head, Corporate Communications


August 10, 2016

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Women in ANLCA Express Confidence in NIMASA Leadership

PICTURE 1: The Representative of the Director General of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka presenting a souvenir to Hajia Bola Muse, Governor of Women in Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) when the Association visited the Agency's Head Quarters in Lagos, recently.

Women in ANLCA, the female wing of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has expressed their confidence in the dedicated leadership of the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside.

The Association led by its Governor, Hajia Bola Muse stated this when they paid a courtesy visit to the Head Office of the Agency in Lagos recently.
PICTURE2: The Representative of the Director General of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka and Hajia Bola Muse, Governor of Women in Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) pose for a photograph during the visit of the Association to the Agency's Head Quarters in Lagos, recently.

Hajia Muse also said that the importance of the visit lies in the fact that NIMASA occupies a pivotal position in the maritime industry stressing that shipping business is not complete without customs brokers, hence the need for a collaborative relationship between the Agency and ANLCA.

“Given the nation’s determination to diversify the economy from being oil dependent and the drive by the current NIMASA leadership to enthrone professionalism and efficiency in ports operations for the economic benefit of the country, we highly commend the leadership of the Agency for the doggedness and drive exhibited in repositioning the maritime sector. It is in the light of this that Women in ANLCA are here today to seek ways to partner with the Agency”, Hajia Muse stated.

In his response, the Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside commended the women for their initiative and for their interest in critical areas of Nigeria’s economy.

Dr. Peterside said he was impressed by the leadership positions women are aspiring to in the world today noting that the maritime community is particularly excited that the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has finally had its first female Managing Director in Ms. Hadiza Usman.

Represented by Hajia Lami Tumaka, the Agency’s Head of Corporate Communications, the DG emphasised that “NIMASA is open to partnerships with all stakeholders in the maritime industry with a goal to assist in trade facilitation where our indigenes get a bigger chunk of the pie”.

While restating the Agency’s commitment to upholding the highest ethical standards in the discharge of its core responsibilities, Dr. Peterside also assured ANLCA of the Agency’s partnership “as we all aim for the same goal of making our people and our country better”.
PICTURE 3: Hajia Lami Tumaka, Head Corporate Communications, NIMASA being inducted as MATRON of Women in ANLCA by Hajia Bola Muse, Governor of the Association. 

The NIMASA boss further stated that “our goal is to make Nigerian waters safer, encourage indigenous participation in the maritime industry, create avenues that will facilitate maritime trade and generally contribute positively towards the growth and development of the Nigerian economy”.

The highpoint of the event was the induction of the Head Corporate Affairs of the Agency, Hajia Lami Tumaka as the Matron of women in ANCLA.

Hajia Lami Tumaka

Head, Corporate Communication,


August 8, 2016

NIMASA to Fully Implement Ballast Water Management Convention

Picture A: From Left to right; Head Marine Environment Management Department NIMASA, Mrs Susan Asagwara, Director General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside and Chairman National Task Force (NTF) for the Implementation of Ballast Water Convention, Professor Babajide Alo, during the meeting of the NTF in Lagos recently

Stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry have been called upon to protect the marine environment from alien invasive species that are conveyed into Nigeria’s territorial waters as ballast water from ships.

This call was made by the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside during the meeting of the members of the National Task Force for the Implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention 2004 in Lagos recently....

Dr. Peterside who restated the Agency’s commitment towards ensuring that the sustainability of the environment is always at the front burner while shipping activities are carried out in the country, also called on stakeholders to be mindful of activities that could lead to the deterioration of the marine environment.

According to him, “the long years of exploitation and exploration of available resources in our marine environment has made it fragile but we have a responsibility of ensuring that the environment remains sustainable for the generations yet unborn”.

Picture B: From Left to right; Head Marine Environment Management Department NIMASA, Mrs Susan Asagwara, Director General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Chairman National Task Force (NTF) for the Implementation of Ballast Water Convention, Professor Babajide Alo and the Technical Consultant to the NTF, Engr. Olu Akinsoji during the meeting of the NTF in Lagos recently.

The DG noted that while vessels carry ballast water for stability, the water and sediments therein have become a platform for the conveyance of alien invasive species into our environment which makes it mandatory for the Agency to tackle this menace in line with IMO regulations.

Dr. Peterside said that “ballast water and the sediments therein have become a platform for conveyance of invasive aquatic species into our environment which could be dangerous in the long run hence the need to tackle the scourge head on before it becomes uncontrollable. NIMASA is therefore committed to ensuring that the Ballast Water Management Convention 2004 is implemented in Nigeria”.

The DG charged members of the Task Force to develop a policy and workplan for the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Roadmap for Ballast Water Movement in Nigeria which would ultimately protect the environment from alien invasive species.

Earlier in his address, Professor Babajide Alo, Chairman of the National Task Force and former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, observed that the issues of invasive species had become worrisome stating that studies have shown that water hyacinth invasion in Nigeria for instance, was as a result of a fertilizer industry in Lome which normally pumps its waste into the sea.

He therefore advised that Nigeria has to take a holistic approach to the issue by considering the entire Gulf of Guinea while seeking solutions to tackle the menace.

It would be recalled that Nigeria was one of the first eight countries that adopted the Ballast Water Management Convention 2004 and it is the 14th leading country in the GEF-UNDO-IMO Globallast partnership, a group set up by the IMO to give technical support to other member states on the implementation of the convention.

Hajia Lami Tumaka

Head, Corporate Communications


August 9, 2016

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

We Are Committed To Full Implementation of the Cabotage Act- NIMASA DG

Dr Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has again reiterated the Agency’s determination in ensuring that the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act 2003 also known as the Cabotage Act is implemented to the letter

The Director General said this when he received the leadership of the Nigeria Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association led by the National President, Comrade (Engr) Matthew Alalade at the Agency’s Headquarters in Lagos.

Dr. Peterside said that proper regulation of the Cabotage Act is instrumental to the development of the maritime sector stating that Nigerians must always be encouraged to be key players in the sector and that the issue of abuse of waivers would be checked.

“We have not realized the full potential of the Cabotage Act but we have moved a step ahead. Just to be sure that we are committed to the full implementation of the Cabotage Act, issues relating to waiver abuse are currently being dealt with accordingly”.

Dr. Dakuku also said that the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) would only be disbursed to people that would put it into the use for which it is intended saying applicants must have the requisite criteria as beneficiaries.

“We will rigorously screen the applicants of the CVFF in order to ensure that the funds are disbursed to people who would use it for the purposes the funds are meant for”.

The NIMASA DG also stated that the Agency is currently screening maritime institutions across the country and would only accredit the ones that can provide the maritime training required in line with global best practices.

Dr. Peterside however noted that NIMASA is not in a position to recognise any Merchant Navy Association as that function falls under the purview of the National Assembly.

Earlier, the Association which decried the abuse of waivers in the implementation of the Cabotage Act also requested the Agency to find ways of reviewing the Act to pave the way for indigenous operators to be more involved in coastal and inland trade in Nigeria.

The Association also sought greater collaboration with NIMASA especially in the areas of maritime regulatory decision making and human capacity building for the growth and development of the industry.

Hajia Lami Tumaka

Head, Corporate Communications,


August 01, 2016

Monday, 1 August 2016

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