The Chief Executive of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the agency remains committed to continuously working with all stakeholders to ensure that the country not only achieves the status as a hub of maritime activities in the West. and Central Africa, but also a major global maritime player.
Jamoh, who reiterated this in Lagos this weekend during an interactive session with media players, noted the steady progress in terms of maritime safety and the growing capacity of the industry.
The DG of NIMASA said that statistics released by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) which showed piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea fell from 81 in 2020 to 34 in 2021, or 58.02%, did not were not an accident, but the product of a conscious will. collaborative efforts of the agency, the Nigerian Navy and other stakeholders in the region.
He also noted that the IMB report also showed a 62% decrease in the number of crew kidnapping incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, which fell from 150 in 2020 to 57 in 2021.
Commenting on the statutory levies that stakeholders pay to the federal government through the agency, Jamoh reaffirmed that the NIMASA levies are in accordance with the provisions of the law that created the agency.
He said: “The NIMASA Act 2007, which is our guiding principle, only states that our charges should be a component of gross freight and should be paid by shipowners and not in terms of proceeds to traders or any other entity.”
Further speaking, the Managing Director of NIMASA said that all payments, either hard currency or naira, were paid into the Federal Government Treasury Single Account, adding that in the long run it was in the interest of all Nigerians that the country was going no further. lose any source of income due to underpayment of statutory charges or levies.
Commenting on the recent explosion that occurred on Trinity Spirit Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO), the CEO of NIMASA called the incident unfortunate.
He said the NIMASA team was working with other relevant government bodies to establish the immediate and remote causes of the fire explosion.
He noted that the issue of environmental pollution had been highlighted in the preliminary report and that the Agency would work with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through the International Oil Pollution Compensation.
(IOPC Funds) funds for compensation of all losses in and around the installation.
He said the public would be informed of full details regarding the incident as the situation develops.
The DG then took the opportunity to unveil some of the agency’s achievements in 2021, including improving the contribution to the Federal Government Treasury from 31 billion naira in 2020 to around 37 billion naira in 2021, a 43.6% increase in state survey for the agency’s flag registration in 2021, compared to 2020 performance; the reactivation of the online certificate verification platform to reduce the falsification of the certificate of Nigerian seafarers and improve the employment of Nigerian seafarers; improved strategic collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army and the Office of the National Security Adviser, Jamoh noted, has helped reduce attacks by piracy off the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, as there was not a single attack on Nigerian waters in Q3 2021, as reported by the International Maritime Bureau.