ONE of the major issues that are likely to occupy the mind of the newly inaugurated Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, is how to return Nigeria to Category C of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, council seat. Nigeria’s four consecutive attempts to get re-elected into the council ended in failures, the last being the November 2019.
IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, established to develop and adopt regulatory and enforcement legislation for international shipping.
The agency works with governments, which are responsible for implementing these regulations. The IMO regularly conducts this audit scheme as part of the efforts to standardize shipping as a global business.
To regain the seat, it is pertinent that the new leadership in NIMASA should do things differently. This different approach must entail ensuring that all the IMO regulations, stipulations, directives and expectations are satisfied in order to earn the deserved recognition, and thereby prepare the country to bid and get elected into the Council.
Industry operators are optimistic that with NIMASA now led by a person adjudged to be a professional, someone who has had over three decades of experience in the industry, things will be done differently, and in line with the core mandate of the agency.
Source: Vanguard Newspaper, June 17, 2020.