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Ex NIMASA DG, Peterside, mourns with Wike over aide’s demise



Dr Dakuku Perterside, former Director General of the Nigeria Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has described the death of Simeon Nwakaudu, an aide to Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, as a great loss.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Nwakaudu, Special Assistant on Electronic Media to Wike, died on Sunday in a Port Harcourt hospital, after a brief illness.

Peterside, said in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Monday, that his death had created a vacuum in Wike’s administration; and was also a huge loss to the media industry.

“Mr Nwakaudu died when all expertise was required to battle the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

“The deceased was very loyal to his principal and passionate about his responsibilities,” he said.

He noted that the governor had lost a trusted ally and staff, who was a gentleman and professional in his carriage.

He prayed to God to grant the deceased’s family the fortitude to bear such a huge loss, at a time when his fatherly admonitions were most needed.

“I might have, on a couple of occasions, disagreed with the principles and politics of his Principal, but I have great admiration for him as a thoroughbred professional.

“Let me express my deepest condolences to Governor Wike over this sad loss. He has lost a good ally, and I pray for God’s grace and guidance over the wife and children he left behind,” Peterside said.

Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Sen. Abe, Peterside, others mourn Abba Kyari



Tributes have continued pour in for the late Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Malam Abba Kyari.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kyari died in a private hospital in Lagos in the early hours of Saturday of complications from Coronavirus.

Sen. Magnus Abe, told NAN in Port Harcourt on Sunday that Kyari’s death was a big loss to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

Abe, a former Senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District, described Kyari as an outstanding public servant who was committed to the common good of the country.

“Kyari was a man who had a very long history of service to the country, contributing so much in many different ways and capacities.

“It’s unfortunate that he lost his life at the height of service to the nation. Nigerians should draw strength from his passing on and work together to defeat COVID -19,” he said.

Abe said the tragic passing of Kyari should serve as a notice to Nigerians to protect the most vulnerable people in the country.

“It’s unfortunate that some Nigerians chose to speculate about his life and death. We should rather focus our minds on how we can come together to defeat this virus.

“This is the much we owe, to honour his memory just as his demise is a great loss to this nation,” he added.

Dr Dakuku Peterside, a former Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said in a statement that Kyari’s death came at a time the nation needed every resource to tackle the pandemic.

According to him, the elder statesman was a calm person and gentleman, who acted as a father to many Nigerians.

“Kyari had a calm mien from long years of being in public and private sector. Everybody loved him as he carried on with the function of his office with simplicity and humility.

“He was a pillar behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, and always did his best for the progress of the country,” he said.

Mr Ledum Mitee, a social activist, condoled with Buhari and the people of Bornu state over the loss of their illustrious son.

Mitee, a former President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), said that Kyari’s death was saddening and brought to reality, the seriousness of the threat of COVID-19.

“Government at all levels, private sector and indeed every Nigerian should see this as  a wakeup call and come together to kick Coronovirus out from the country,” he appealed.

On his part, the Convener of South-South Elders Forum (SEEF), Chief Anabs Sara-Igbe, said that Kyari died at a time the country needed him most.

He said the elder statesman’s passing, showed the vanity of life, urging Nigerians to have deep reflection on their lives.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Peter Ejiofor) (NAN)

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Peterside resigns from Nigerian Breweries board



Nigerian Breweries (NB) Plc has notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the investing public of the resignation of Mr Atedo Peterside from its board of directors.

Mr Uaboi Agbebaku, the Company Secretary, stated this in a notice on Wednesday on the NSE web site.

“Nigerian Breweries hereby informs the NSE and the investing public of the receipt from Peterside, a notice of resignation from the company’s Board of Directors.

“Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, Peterside recently set up the Anap Foundation COVID-19 Think Tank,” Agbebaku said.

He explained that Peterside informed the board that his resignation was to enable him focus fully on fulfilling the objectives of the Think Tank, especially as the pandemic continues to escalate.

According to him, the resignation takes effect on April 1.

“Peterside joined the board on August 21, 2008 and served as the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and subsequently the Governance Committee during his time on the board,” he added.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Wale Ojetimi

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NIMASA explains Peterside’s absence at NASS



Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Wednesday explained why its Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, could not personally appear before a National Assembly (NASS) Joint Committee in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Head,  Public Relations, NIMASA, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, gave the reason in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos.

Peterside had been invited to appear before the NASS joint committee investigating activities of foreign vessel owners in the country.

However, a member of the executive management, the Executive Director,  Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Mr Gambo Ahmed,  led a team to represent the agency.

The absence of Peterside irked the joint committee members, who threatened to sanction him over his failure to appear before them.

Explaining Peteside’s absence in the statement, Osamgbi said the director-general was in Lagos, leading other management staff of the agency to receive members of the House Committee on Maritime Safety Education and Administration who were on oversight visit.

“This was the reason the DG could not personally be in Abuja to honor the invitation by the NASS joint committee investigating activities of foreign vessel owners in the country.

“It is noteworthy that due to the clash of both schedules, NIMASA management communicated same to the national assembly joint committee,  requesting for a change of date.

” However, a member of the executive management, the Executive Director,  Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Mr Gambo Ahmed,  led the high powered team to represent the agency,” he said.

According to Osamgbi, NIMASA management respects the national  assembly and would always respond to invitations from them.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)


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Piracy, other maritime crimes issues of global concern — Peterside



The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, says the threats of piracy, armed robbery at sea and other maritime crimes have been an issue of global concern.

Peterside spoke at the 9th Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges in Lagos on Wednesday.

He said that sensitising judges on the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act 2019 would aid its implementation in the country.

The seminar, organised by NIMASA in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), had the theme: Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act 2019: Keys to Accelerating and Achieving Safe and Secure Shipping.

Peterside said that the seminar, instituted by NIMASA in 2009 for judges, afforded a unique opportunity for the judiciary and the agency to dialogue on issues of mutual importance to both sectors and the country in general.

One of the key deliverables, according to him, is the sensitisation of judges on contemporary maritime law issues both within and outside the Nigerian jurisdiction, considering the multijurisdictional nature of shipping.

“Also, with the world’s waters accounting for over 80 per cent of transportation requirements in the global trading supply chain network across established international routes and trade lanes, the threats of piracy, armed robbery at sea and other maritime crimes have been an issue of global concern.

“The Gulf of Guinea, sadly, had been at the epi-centre of maritime security discussions globally, given the incidents recorded in the region, and challenges of maritime insecurity in the region have been further compounded by a deficit of legislation to address the challenge.

“With the signing into law by Mr President on June 24, 2019 of the SOPOMO Act, facilitated by NIMASA, there is now a robust and detailed framework in place for the criminalisation and punishment of piracy and other maritime crimes in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea,” he said.

Peterside noted that his expectation was for better understanding of the provisions of the act, and in the implementation, all parties would be equipped to play their roles, ultimately with the view to reducing criminality on the waterways.

He said that apart from the legal framework, NIMASA was also investing in infrastructure and assets, building human capacity and putting in intervention measures to keep the people off piracy.

The director general said that it was only a matter of time before the country would start reaping the benefits of the investment that was being established.

“I feel terrible every time I hear of one attack or one incident, either successful or not, and government at the highest level are most supportive to fight this menace,” he said.

Prof. Mohammed Ladan, DG NIALS, said that this year’s theme was borne out of the coming into force of the first stand-alone anti-sea piracy and maritime crimes law in the Gulf of Guinea.

He said that it was aimed at stemming the tide of acts of sea piracy and armed robbery and other challenges of maritime safety and security that hamper sustainable economic growth and development of all the territorial states in the region.

“West Africa and its trading partners lost about 2.3billion USD to maritime crimes between 2016 and 2018 and annually lost about 777 million USD between 2015 and 2018.

“In addition to human costs, the Gulf of Guinea experienced an escalation of piracy, kidnapping and armed robbery at sea incidents in 2018 and 2019.

“Through this strategic maritime law seminar, we wish to enhance the capacity of, and remind our justice sector actors that we will all prosper when the seas around us are safe and secure,” Ladan said.

He said that timeliness in justice dispensation were critical to realising the potential of the maritime sector.

According to him, this will enable investors trust the judicial process, as the more time taken on a case, the more investment opportunities are lost.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle

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NIMASA committed to reforming Nigerian Ship Registry — Dakuku Peterside



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says the agency is taking constructive steps in ship registry aimed at maintaining Nigera’s influence international trade.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, said this during the Nigerian Ship Registry Interactive Forum with ship owners held on Tuesday in Lagos.

The theme of the forum was : “ Repositioning The Nigerian Ship Registry for Sustainable Growth’’.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Ship Registry gives a ship a nationality, a flag and an identity.

He said:“This interactive forum with ship owners is to bring to them up-to-date with the ongoing reforms in the Nigerian Ship Registry.

“The present management began the drive to restructure the Nigerian Ship Registry by inaugurating a committee on the review of the activities and operations of the Nigerian Ship Registration Office on Feb. 27, 2018.

“Part of the Terms of Reference given to the committee were to examine the status of the Ship Registry in line with international best standards and recommend requisite improvements, of which a report was submitted in 2019 with far reaching recommendations grouped into short, medium and long term measures.

“Immediately after, the Implementation Monitoring Committee was inaugurated on Aug. 20, 2019 to chart a course for the implementation of the recommendations.

“Our goal as a maritime safety administration is to create a world class Ship Registry which will be attractive to shipowners with the aim of maintaining the influence of Nigeria in evolving international commercial and regulatory environment for shipping”.

According to him,  Nigeria currently operates a Closed Registry with about  2,725 active vessels of various capacity.

He added that in 2019, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) ranked the Nigerian Ship Registry number 2 in Africa after Liberia (which operates an Open Registry) and 46 in the world.

Peterside noted that the agency’s desire was to have Nigerian flag vessels involved in international commercial trade and the reason efforts were being made to build capacity and ensure that Nigerians acquire high capacity vessels.

He said that it would ensure the country not only be involved in the lifting of its hydrocarbons but carry its cargos to other parts of the world.

“ Nigeria operates a closed ship registry, however, most renowned ship registries in the world such as the UK Ship Register, today maintain a Second or International Register.

“This is to attract tonnage whilst using the Closed Register to develop indigenous capacity and for domestic trade similar to our cabotage regime.

“Nigeria having a second or international register will help grow the country’s fleet and input our footprints in international commercial trade,” Peterside said.

The NIMASA D-G said that in 2018/19, the agency attracted into its register two high index capacity vessels – “Egina FPSO” and “MT Ultimate”.

He said that there was no doubt that a lot more could be done to assist Nigerians in acquiring vessels and that was why the agency was making efforts to disburse the Cabotage Vessels Finance Fund (CVFF).

He disclosed that the agency was also partnering with the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to drive capacity in the industry.

He listed the constructive steps taken by the agency in the Ship Registry to include audit of register of Nigerian vessels, redesign and production of new ship registry certificate and automation of the ship registry.

Others include upgrade of the ship registry filling facility, review of ship registration guideline, and ISO 9001: 2015 certification.

Peterside also urged ship owners to keep their eyes firmly fixed on the objective of building a world class Ship Registry and  hoped to rely on their guidance, experience, industry know-how and cooperation to endow the desperately needed credence and international respect for the Nigerian Flag.

He encouraged them to fly and promote the Nigerian Flag.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Ship Registry Committee, Mr Emmanuel Ilori, urged NIMASA to set clear timelines for the administative process of ship registration and put in place clear and precise change in flag instructions.

Ilori, an engineer, also advised the agency to ensure that qualified tonnage measures were employed to serve in the safety department.

He commended the agency’s drive to enshrine full automation of all ship registration processes, revealing that it was one of the recommendations of the Ship Registry Review committee.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Wale Ojetimi

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NIMASA’ll collaborate with other agencies to drive the transport sector – Peterside 



Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director-General, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), says the agency will collaborate with other agencies in the transport sector to drive transportation.

Peterside spoke on the sideline of the on-going maiden National Transport Summit holding in Abuja.

The summit was organised by the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria(CIoTA).

According to him, there is a relationship between the various modes of transportation and no mode of transport on its own is self sufficient.

“Every mode of transportation will need to work with the other and connect with the  other to achieve its ultimate goal, to maximise efficiency.

 “Obviously, we are in sync with the new spirit of inter-modalism that the country is promoting because that is being promoted around the world.”

Peterside, while commending the initiative of the Transportation University in Daura, urged for more initiatives that would build the capacity of Nigerians and better the economy.

 ”Every opportunity we have to build capacity,  we must take advantage of it.

”We are a country of 200 million people. We can’t have enough universities to build capacity; we need more universities to build capacity. So, we definitely will work with all tertiary institutions to build capacity.

”If there is one area where we  should have a niche and take advantage, where we should have comparative advantage, it is in manpower.

”Philippines supplies 500,000 seafarers to the world. We should supply transport professionals to the whole of Africa, taking advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.

“So, we are going to cooperate and collaborate with all transport training institutions to build capacity for our country.

“To ensure that we are self-sufficient, we must export transport professionals to other countries of the world,” he added.

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Amaechi, Peterside mourn death of Prof Tam David-West



Mr Chibuike Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation and Dr Dakuku Peterside, the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), have expressed shock over the demise of Prof. Tamunoemi David-West, a former Petroleum Minister.

Amaechi, in a text message to the Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday, said that the death of Prof David-West was a sad development.

He described the late Professor of Virology as a man known for his integrity and strong character which made him to be a friend of a decent Muslim, President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It’s a very sad incident of a human legend, and the nation has really lost a patriot whose integrity was never compromised.

“David-West creditably served well as Commissioner for Education in Rivers and contributed greatly to the growth of the petroleum industry as Minister of Petroleum,” he said.

Amaechi prayed to God to fill the vacuum created by the exit of David-West in his family, Rivers and Nigeria.

Also, Dr Dakuku Petetside, the NIMASA Director-General, in a statement, described the death of the renowned virologist and social critic as a huge loss to Nigeria and humanity.

Peterside described David-West as a colossus who contributed immensely to the growth and development of Nigeria.

“Our dear Professor David-West was such a giant in academics, administration, education, public discourse and an excellent statesman.

“For all of his 83 years on earth, he fought for a better society through his intellect, resources, connection and sweat. He spoke boldly to power and stood by his conviction.

“Rivers state has lost one of her illustrious sons who brought glory and honour to the state through appointments, service and research,” he said.

The NIMASA director-general said that as Commissioner for Education in Rivers, the late David-West contributed immensely to building of schools in several communities in addition to Rivers indigenes getting scholarship to go to school.

“He was a forthright man, his words were his bond. Once he believes in a cause, he stays by it, he never wavered. He was such a principled man that could not be swayed by riches or money.

“His legacies are sufficient demonstration of how he impacted on humanity. He helped produce generations of leaders at the University of Ibadan where he taught for several years until he retired.

“Despite his age, he continued to add his voice to progressive causes and contributed immensely to the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and 2019,” he added.

Peterside recalled the support the late David-West offered him during his 2015 gubernatorial campaign in Rivers State, adding that his words of wisdom proved very relevant.

He condoled with his family, the academic community, President Muhammadu Buhari and Rivers people over his demise.


Edited by Tajudeen Atitebi

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Safe, secured waterways will boost maritime transportation – Peterside




Safe, secured waterways will boost maritime transportation – Peterside

 Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), says safe and secured waterways will boost maritime transportation in Nigeria and in the continent.


Peterside made this assertion at the ongoing Global Maritime Security Conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

Cue in audio  (Peterside on Security)

”Without safety and security of our water ways you cannot talk about maritime transportation. Sea borne transportation flourishes where the waterways are safe and secure.

” And so a key component of addressing, or maximising or optimising  if you choose, the opportunities inherent in maritime transportation is addressing the issue of security and safety and that is one of the reasons for this conference.

”How best we manage our waterways to ensure it is safe and secured for economic activities to flourish.

Cue out audio (Peterside). 

Peterside said  that crime occurred from time to time, but becomes of concern when it was no longer tolerable.

He said member states in the region had agreed to deal with the issue of insecurity of waterways from its roots and had developed initiatives to ensure this.

According to the NIMASA boss, no waterways in the World is security proof.

”At the continental level, we have the African integrated maritime security strategy and the Lome Charter that was done in 2016.

”At the regional level we have the ECOWAS maritime strategy, regional coordination centre and several other initiatives.

”At the National level we have different initiatives to tackle maritime insecurity.

“All of the strategy speaks to the fact that we are being proactive and that we will not accept any form of threat to our maritime domain, particularly the use of our water ways for shipping and for economic activities,” Peterside said.

The NIMASA boss said there have been improvement through these strategies as recent records had shown drop in maritime crime and piracy in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea.

He reiterated the need for more partnership and collaboration between relevant stakeholders to tackle the maritime insecurity menace in the region.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the conference is being attended by delegates from more than 80 countries.

Over 40 global maritime experts would also be making presentations in the course of the three-day conference, which have 11 thematic sessions.(NAN)


Edited by Felix Ajide

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NAGAFF sets agenda for new NIMASA DG



National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) has urged Dr Bashir Jamoh, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), to ensure Nigeria acquires a vessel.

The President of NAGAFF, Mr Increase Uche, made appeal in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Lagos on Wednesday.

NAN reports that Jamoh took over the mantle of leadership from the past Director-General, Dr Dakuku Peterside, on Tuesday.

Until his appointment, Jamoh was the Executive Director, Finance and Administration at NIMASA.

According to Uche, Nigeria does not have a vessel that will portray the country as a maritime nation, and this needs to be pursued vigorously under Jamoh.

“To ensure that Nigeria acquires this vessel, the Cabotage Vessel Financing Funds must be released, either it is done through public private partnership or for government to acquire the vessel.

“The other issues have to do with freight charges for cargo coming into Nigeria; the bills have been very devastating on the shippers.

“The training and human capacity development of industry stakeholders which is in the NIMASA Act should also be pursued by Jamoh.

“There should be collaboration of government agencies with each other.

“To his main constituency which has to do with the transport industry, we need him to galvanise the whole mode of transportation and integrate them into the port.

“He should look into the development of a deep sea port; all these put in place will ensure that our ports become competitive,” he said.

The NAGAFF president said that the appointment of politicians in the management of affairs of some agencies in the maritime industry had slowed the development of the sector.

Uche said that the appointment of Jamoh, an industry professional and a capable hand, was a welcome development, as it would push the industry forward.

He said that Jamoh should use his wealth of knowledge and experience, and ensure he made the needed impact in the industry.

“NIMASA happens to be the apex body in the industry and as the number one agency in terms of shipping regulation and administration, including safety, having the proper person at the helm of affairs is crucial.

“Right now with Jamoh on the saddle, and understanding the challenges in the industry, we hope he will provide the immediate leadership in terms of shipping development,” he said.

Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Oluwole Sogunle

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Presidency approves governing boards of NIMASA, NPA



Presidency approves governing board of NIMASA, NPA


Abuja, Feb. 10, 2020 President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of members of the Governing Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

Mr Sabiu Zakari, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to Zakari, the presidency named Honourable Asita as Chairman of the Governing Board of NIMASA.

He said Bashir Jamoh, took over from Dakuku Peterside, whose tenure had expired as Director-General of the agency.

He named other members of the governing board to include, Victor Ochei, Executive Director (Cabotage); Chudi Offordile, Executive Director (Admin & Finance); Shehu Ahmed, Executive Director (Operations); Adekola Adefemi, Muhammed Abubakar, and Hassan Mahmud, as Members of NIMASA board.

Zakari said the Governing Board of NPA includes; Akin Ricketts, Chairman; Muhammed Koko, Executive Director; Prof. Idris Abdulkadir, Executive Director and Onari Brown, Executive Director.

He said Mr Ghazali Muhammed, Sen. John Akpanuoedehe, Sen. Binta Masi Garba, Alh. Mustapha Dutse and Abdulwahab Adeshina were members of the board of NPA.

He however added that Hadiza Usman remained the Managing Director of the authority.

According to the permanent secretary, the members of both boards would be inaugurated by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Friday, March 20, 2020.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Jamoh, who is the 6th Director-General of NIMASA, in his speech shortly after taking over, expressed confidence that his team would take the agency to the next level.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi

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Jamoh takes over at NIMASA



Dr Dakuku Peterside on Tuesday bowed out as the Director- General (D-G) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as his tenure came to an end.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Dakuku was appointed as the D-G of NIMASA on March 10, 2016.

His replacement, Dr Bashir Jamoh, who until his appointment was the Executive Director, Finance and Administration at NIMASA, took over in Lagos at a valedictory/handover ceremony.

Speaking at the ceremony, Jamoh said that the resilience, team spirit and vision of Peterside made NIMASA a leading maritime light on the African continent.

He assured that whatever Peterside was leaving behind in NIMASA would be built upon and the agency made even better for the staff, external stakeholders and Nigerians in general.

“Government is a continuum and we shall hit the ground running immediately; we shall study Peterside’s handover note diligently to ensure continuity of leadership for the sector.

“We shall also listen and engage more deeply and frequently with all our stakeholders both internal and external and we will find time to address issues and make projections soon,” he said.

Jamoh, while congratulating Peterside on the completion of his tenure, described him as a strategist, planner, executioner and articulated person full of energy, passion and dedication.

Handing over, Peterside said he was doing so with the greatest sense of fulfillment.

“I thank God that after four years I am biding you all farewell hale and hearty, and I equally thank the President of Nigeria for the rare opportunity to serve this organisation,” he said.

Peterside noted that when he got on the saddle on March 10, 2016, NIMASA was at its lowest ebb.

He said that history and posterity would judge the actions of his team to know if they delivered on their mandate.

Peterside pointed out that Jamoh values institutional knowledge, always delivers on any assignment and he had not for one day had any regret counting on him.

He urged the staff not to relent in their job and to extend their support to Jamoh

In his own contribution, Mr Anthony Ogadi, Director, Shipping Development, NIMASA,  said that the administration of Peterside and his outgoing management had been eventful and inspiring.

According to him, his administration has improved the internal and external stakeholders’ engagement in all facets of the industry.

“Peterside has eliminated many discrepancies in the billing systems, engaged many organisations like the Central Bank of Nigeria, Public Cargo Sector initiative, all in the bid to push the industry forward,” he said.

Mr Victor Onuzuruike, Director, Internal Audit, NIMASA,  said that change was inevitable and it brings progress in every society.

He said that Peterside was quitting at a stage when the ovation was loudest.

“It may be painful for him, but in time he will appreciate this and the will of God.

“Peterside is an eloquent, innovative reformist and a positive change agent, he did not claim to be an expert but came to learn, and he conquered in so many ways,” he said.

Mr Ibrahim Jibril, Director, Maritime Labour Services, NIMASA, described Peterside as a jovial pragmatic person who addresses issues and does not leave them until they were resolved.

He added that the coming of Peterside into the organisation in 2016 brought about the change in the way NIMASA was being seen.

Jibril urged Jamoh to understand that the ride would not be smooth, but assured him of the support of the staff of NIMASA.

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Oluwole Sogunle

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NIMASA seeks support to reposition Nigeria’s blue economy for industrial growth




Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it is seeking support to reposition Nigeria’s blue economy for the country’s industrial growth.

The Directors General of NIMASA, Mr Dakuku Peterside  made the appeal on Wednesday in a presentation on ”Cargo and Transport Logistics” during the Agency’s special day at the ongoing 41st Kaduna International Trade Fair.

Peterside, who was represented by Mrs Marry Harman, Assistant Director, Shipping, noted that the blue economy in Nigeria held the key to Nigeria sustainable economic growth.

According to him, to unlock the enormous potential of the blue economy, investments in critical infrastructures that have numerous ways and capacities to boost the nation’s economy must be fostered.

“Let us rise from this fair with renewed determination to fully support the efforts of NIMASA in repositioning Nigeria’s blue economy for industrialization growth,” he said

He said that the blue economy dealt with the totality of all economic activities associated with the oceans, seas, harbours, ports and coastal zones.

According to him, the application or exploitation of these elements in a sustainable manner for economic development and wealth creation defines the concept of blue economy.

Dakuku called on all to close gaps that might be exploited to weaken the efforts of NIMASA and the Federal Government.

He said that NIMASA would collaborate with stakeholders and governments in the Northern region on transport logistics, cargo handling and improving non-oil export shipping trade with a focus on agriculture and solid mineral.

He noted that Kaduna trade fair which focused on consolidating interface between industry and agriculture for Nigerian sustainable development would bring on board the maritime component of the opportunities;

“And linkage between transport logistics, Agriculture, accessible intervention funding for massive industrialization and sustainable economic growth in Nigeria,” he said.

According to Peterside, it was time that Nigerian cargos are carried by Nigerians in order to promote indigenous participation in the maritime space.

This, he said, would further promote diversification and increase international shipping and trade.

He explained that when trade capabilities were fully utilised, it would reduce importation of goods and services, conserve foreign exchange and capital flight which would contribute to GDP growth and economics stability.

Peterside said the NIMASA Act and the Nigerian Content Development Act were designed to ensure that substantial proportion of activities in the Nigerian oil and gas industry is domiciled within the country .

“This covers both upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry,” he said.

He said that the acts and various policies were favourable  to indigenous players in the oil and gas sector, adding that such should be replicated in agriculture and solid minerals,

which has huge potentials in global trade.

He explained that the agency is mandated to pursue the development of shipping and regulatory matters relating to merchant shipping and seafarers.

Other duties include provision of maritime search and rescue services, control and prevention of maritime pollution.

NAN reports that the fair, organised by the Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA), commenced on Feb. 28 and will run till March 8.

The theme of the fair is: “Unlocking Nigeria’s Economic Potential Through Regional Integration.”

Edited By: Janefrances Oraka/ Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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House Committee calls for integration of C4i with other agencies



The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration says the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4i) system at Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) needs to be integrated with other agencies.

Ms Lynda Chuba-Ikpeazu, its chairperson, made the appeal at the oversight visit of the committee at the NIMASA in Lagos, on Tuesday.

According to her, the C4i is a very good system that needs effective operation for it to work, and so Nigerian factor should not come into play.

“We have been taken to see some places, the floating dock, the vessels that have been brought in, the C4i, but we will come back because the projects have not yet been completed.

“The C4i needs to be integrated with other agencies such as Nigerian Ports Authority, the Navy for it to work, and so that all money put into it will not be wasted.

“Onces it takes off, it should be independent in the sence that it should not have any form of interference from anywhere,” she said.

She pointed out that NIMASA was an income generating agency and as such, the committee members would ensure they succeed for the interest of the country.

Chuba-Ikpeazu said that as regards the floating dock, it needed a permanent place for it to berth, so that it would be well utilised.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside said that the C4i centre was core to intelligence gathering and so needed the integration of agencies.

According to him, NIMASA will take the integration as spoken by the committee chairman seriously and ensure that things move smoothly.

“NIMASA is an agency saddled with pushing out law, regulations and conventions; raising revenue is only a consequential activity.

“This oversight function is a core responsibility of the National Assembly and we attach more seriousness to it, because through this visit we believe that we will get the support we need to move forward,” he said.

Peterside said that the assets that the committee saw were aimed at ensuring safety on the waterways and building up response capability.

He said that the legal framework to fight piracy was on ground,

According to him, there is also retraining of maritime guard on modern ways to fight piracy, while there is progress in the sulphur cap compliance and action plan on marine litter, among others.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle


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Senate threatens to sanction NIMASA boss over non appearance



The Senate on Tuesday, threatened to sanction Dakuku Peterside, Director-General Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over his failure to appear before its committee on Local Contents.

Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Teslim Folarin said this during an investigative hearing of the National Joint Committee on Local Content, Petroleum Downstream and Legislative Compliance at the assembly’s complex.

The committee is investigating breach of Nigerian laws by foreign vessel owners in the coastal region of the country.

Folarin lamented the decision of Peterside to shun the invitation despite several reminders.

He described the action of the NIMASA DG as unfortunate after he disallowed the leader of the NIMASA team not to introduce himself before he was asked to explain his mission and on what capacity he was appearing before the panel.

Folarin said, “It is very unfortunate that men in position of authority would flagrantly shun the invitation of the Senate.

“I spoke with Peterside about this event. He was supposed to come three weeks ago but he didn’t come.

“We rescheduled this event because of him. I called him and asked him to pick a date and he picked today, only for him to write the Clerk three days ago that the Senate Committee was coming to see him.

“This is an investigative hearing which supercedes any other engagement. We won’t sit here and be wasting our time. We will give him one more chance, just one chance. If he fails to honour the next invitation, we know what to do.”

Also, Chairman Committee on Nigerian Content in the House of Representatives Hon. Legor Idagbo while corroborating the position of Folarin, berated the behaviour of the NIMASA boss.

“I think we should be ashamed of ourselves as Nigerians. A situation where invitations are sent out and all we get are excuses. I’m aware that Sen. Folarin had conversation with the DG of NIMASA and he picked this date.

“The DG went through his calendar and picked this date only for him to send representatives to us.

“What the DG of NIMASA should have done is to explain to the House Committee that he already had an invitation to an investigative hearing from this joint committee.

“He could even honour our invitation and still meet up with his appointment with the House committee.

” We cannot continue like this as a country. We sit down at the comfort of our offices and live large. We copy what happens in other countries yet we failed to do what they do there. We fail to respect constituted authority.

“What engagement is more important than this type of investigative hearing. This type of attitude is unacceptable,” Idagbo said.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza


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NIMASA unveils special mission vessels to fight piracy



To eliminate embarrassment caused by  piracy on Nigeria’s waterways, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Tuesday unveiled two Special Mission Vessels.

The Special Mission Vessels are named DB Lagos and DB Abuja

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, made this known in Lagos on Tuesday.

Peterside represented by Mr Rotimi Fashakin, Executive Director, Operations, NIMASA, said that the arrival of the vessels  demonstrated the determination of the Federal Government to restore Nigeria to tackle piracy.

“Today’s event brings us to near crescendo in ensuring that we sniff out any form of criminality on our waterways and to bring about absolute tranquility in the nation’s water corridors.

“We are here to change the narrative, and these vessels will eventually be the game changers for us as a nation,” he said.

In his presentation, Mr Anthony Ogadi, Head, Shipping Development and Co-ordinator of NIMASA In-house monitoring team of the Deep Blue Project, said that the arrival of the vessels was historic  for NIMASA, the government and Nigerians.

“The special mission vessels are critical assets of the Deep Blue Project and have intervention platforms which include land, air and maritime assets.

“The maritime assets include, Special Mission Vessel 1, Special Mission Vessel 2, 17 fast Interceptor boats, five inflatable training boatd and two spares.

“The air assets include two special mission aircrafts, three jelicopters and four unmanned aerial vehicles, while the land assets include 16 armoured vehicles,” he said.

He said that, of the above assets, NIMASA was in receipt of Special Mission Vessel 1 – DB Abuja – and   Special Mission Vessel 2 –  DB Lagos –  which just arrived, and 10 fast interceptor boats which had also arrived.

He said that the remaining seven fast interceptor boats were expected before the end of 2020, adding that each of the boats had combined engine capacity of 9OOHP and could do up to 55hnots.

He said that six armoured vehicles for land intervention troops had also arrived and the remaining ten expected in some  weeks and months.

Ogadi said that the preshipments inspection of the special mission aircraft, helicopters and the unmanned aerial vehicle would be due this month end.

“The arrival of these assets especially the special mission vessels further attests to the commitment of the agency and the Federal Government to curbing insecurity on Nigerian waters.

“Today marks a new dawn for a more secure and stable maritime environment in Nigeria.

“In effect, this milestone in assets delivery inches us closer to full operational take-off of the Deep Project; hence, it marks a huge victory for the Nigerian maritime sector in the fight against maritime insecurity,” he said.

He welcomed the captains and the entire crew of DB Lagos and DB Abuja for successfully sailing the vessels to Nigeria.

“We are aware that sailors usually face very severe conditions at sea but you have endured all of them  to bring in these precious assets; we salute your bravery,” he said.

Rear Admiral Murtala Bashir, who represented the Chief of Naval Staff, said that the two vessels would add value to the fight against piracy and other maritime crimes on Nigerian waters.

He urged those to man the vessel to handle them with utmost care to ensure realisation of the purpose .

Exited  by Ijeoma Popoola

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Reps query NIMASA over claims on management accounts



The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts has directed a status inquiry on Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) over the agency’s claim of not having management accounts between 2012 and 2017.

Chairman of the committee, Rep. Wole Oke, gave the directive during an investigative hearing into the presentation of audit reports of ministries, departments and agencies on Tuesday.

The committee is investigating the deliberate and reckless refusal by non-treasury and partially funded agencies to render their audited accounts from 2014 to 2018 to Auditor-General of the Federation.

“You have management accounts and you have audited accounts. Are you saying you do not have management accounts for 2012 till 2017?

“DFA, get the two right. The management account is a document of NIMASA itself and that is the document and other primary accounts that you avail your auditor to vet and form their opinion.

“It will be very embarrassing for an agency such as NIMASA not to have management accounts from 2012. Then what are you doing there?’’, he asked.

The management of NIMASA was led by the Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki.

Oke also queried the agency’s non-remittance of its audited reports between 2015 and 2018 to the Office of the Auditor-General.

He added that the non-compliance by the agency to remit its audited reports stifled the Federal Government efforts in nation building.

He also expressed disappointment in the failure of the Director-General, NIMASA, Mr Dakuku Peterside, to appear before the committee.

“I will refer you to the provisions of our constitution; the constitution unambiguously placed this arm of government before other arms under Section 4.

“I got that letter and I replied him that he cannot put that engagement before the parliament because NIMASA has, on several occasions, disrespected this parliament.

“It is on that note that the committee resolved that the minister of state should cause appearance since if he does not respect people, perhaps he will respect the minister.

“The committee has agreed to place NIMASA on full status inquiry which includes performance audit and project audit.

“We would carry out a full holistic investigation and find out what went wrong and the investigation would show who is negligent,’’ he noted.

In her response, Saraki said she understood the functions of the parliament and assured that the “disrespect’’ of the director-general would be looked into.

“All I wanted to say was that it was important the deputy director (finance) explain himself better to clarify that.

“However, since the motion has been moved, I will respect the rules and regulations of the parliament,’’ she said.

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NIMASA donates relief materials to 20, 000 displaced persons in Borno



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), on Monday donated relief materials for distribution to 20, 000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Borno.

The Director General of the Agency, Dakuku Peterside, made the disclosure at the presentation of the items in Maiduguri.

Peterside, who was represented by Victor Onuzuruike, Director Internal Audi in the Agency,  said the gesture was part of the Agency’s Cooperate Social Responsibility to assist victims of natural disasters in the country.

He said the relief materials included assorted food and non food items as well as  empowerment kits to be distributed to persons displaced by the insurgency to alleviate their sufferings.

The items include rice; beans, sorghum, detergents, milk, noodles, sewing and grinding machines, among other.

“We are here as part part of our cooperate responsibility, it has to do with distribution of relief items to IDPs in the Lake Chad region which Borno state is also a beneficiary.

“We have interventions to touch many lives not just in the localities where we exist but other areas where we have human and natural disasters, and that is why we are here, we are here in 2018 and I believe we will still come back,” he said.

According to him, economic empowerment items are distributed to provide livelihood support to enable the displaced persons in camps engage in productive activities and become self-reliant.

Paterside noted that the gesture was to compliment Federal Government efforts to alleviate the sufferings of persons affected by flood and other disasters.

Also speaking, Yabawa Kolo, Chairperson, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), lauded the gesture, adding that it would go a long way to augment government efforts at addressing humanitarian crisis caused by the insurgency

Kolo revealed that over 1.8 million persons were displaced by the insurgency, adding that 1.6 million of them were currently taking refuge in various IDPs camps in the state.

She said that the state government had recently distributed 120, 000 food items to IDPs who were taking refuge in Diffa, Niger Republic.

Kolo added that 12, 000 IDPs were in Chad and 85, 000 others in the Republic of Cameroon while thousands of displaced persons were trapped due to flood in Kala Balge Local Government Area of the state.

She urged philanthropist and development organizations to support the IDPs in the region, saying that: “Government alone cannot handle the situation”.

Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali

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Many coastal communities lack official waste collection service – NIMASA



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Thursday said that an immeasurable number of coastal communities in the country had no official waste collection service.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, made this known at an Awareness Programme for Marine Litter and Public Presentation of the Maritime Action Plan on Marine Litter and Plastic Management.

According to him, this lack of waste collection service means that there is nowhere for litter to go and regrettably, most of the waste generated in these communities end up in the seas and oceans.

He noted that the overall implication for the Nigerian economy were enormous, as the presence of marine litter and plastics in our waters was impacting negatively on the drive to make Nigeria a greener, safer and healthier nation.

“The issue of marine litter and plastics in the seas and oceans has remained a global concern, particularly, following the increased awareness about blue economy and its derivable benefits.

“The challenges of marine litter and plastic pollution are multiple and include threat to food security, economic activities, navigational hazard, water safety, ecosystem and harmful to marine life and bio-diversity among others.

“It is a known fact that our oceans and seas sustain lives but when the threats to ocean health are numerous, it also affects human beings,” he said.

Peterside said that a report by the World Economic Forum projected that by the year 2050, plastics in the oceans would outweigh fish if not mitigated.

He added that the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) in a study said that 83 per cent of the 4.8 to 12.7 million tonnes of land-based plastic waste that ended up in the ocean from the 192 coastal countries originated from 20 countries including Nigeria.

He pointed out that these occurrences were not only evident globally or continentally but also in Nigeria, which was among top 20 nations that contributed 83 per cent of total volume of land-based plastic waste that ended up in the oceans and seas.

The director-general said that a recent report in September 2019 by the Voice of America (VOA), also showed that Nigeria generated an estimated 32 million tonnes of solid waste per year, one of the highest in Africa.

He said that of that figure, plastic constituted 2.5 million tonnes, which posed a great danger to the environment and particularly our marine ecosystem.

“Solutions to this global challenge are multiple and require consideration of a systematic approach to the various sources generating the pollution, both land-and sea-based contributors and a combination of intervention in different sectors and at different levels,” he said.

Peterside said that the approach had led to the formation of a Marine Litter Action Plan with the purpose of setting a national roadmap to tackle all issues, especially the ones arising from shipping related-activities.

He said that others were to identify specific actions that needed to be taken by different parties to reduce and eliminate marine litter and plastics from our seas and oceans, strengthen corporation and collaborations in tackling marine litter and plastic pollution.

He noted that others were to establish a template that would monitor progress in the fight against marine litter and plastics in our seas and oceans, build, operationalise and compliment International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) action plan on marine litter from ships.

According to him, others are to enhance the enforcement of existing laws, conventions and regulations and to increase the awareness and understanding of the dangers of marine litter and the need for joint efforts to tackle it.

Peterside said that he expected that the Marine Litter Action Plan would trigger the needed behavioural change in the country, improve development and enable the enforcement of new initiatives to tackle marine litter and plastics.

He said that NIMASA had taken a number of actions in the campaign against marine litter and plastics such as engaging of Marine Litter Marshals across coastal communities and littoral areas as a pilot scheme.

Others are pilot clean-up of identified marine litter hotspots in coastal states of Bayelsa, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Ondo and Lagos as well as marine litter sensitisation campaign in 500 littoral communities and others.

Sen. Tolu Odebiyi, a representative of Senate Committee on Marine Environment, said that the Senate was putting up a draft bill to prohibit the proliferation of plastics and by-product that were harmful to the environment.

According to him, the bill will be focused on manufacturers to ensure that they are responsible with their businesses.

“NIMASA alone cannot drive this move, it should be a collective effort and there is need to create awareness for everybody to understand the extent of the litter we have on our waterways and drainages.

“Our concern is the front end which has to do with manufacturers. They need to create a recycling plant for their waste products as Federal Government is spending millions of naira to clean up this menace,” he said.

Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Adeleye Ajayi


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Ship Registry: Nigeria to begin online ship registration – NIMASA DG



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says Nigeria will soon begin online ship registration.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, made this known in Lagos on Tuesday.

Peterside said that the move was in a bid to have a world-class ship registry and enhance the Ease of Doing Business in the maritime sector.

“NIMASA has concluded plans to set up an automated ship registration process through online and electronic procedure,’’ the director-general said in a statement.

He added that the issue of ways to improve the quality of the registry was discussed with stakeholders, who promised to support the initiative by pledging to fund the ship registration automation process.

He noted that the agency had acquired software licence for the automation of the Nigerian Ship Registry, which was rated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as the second largest in Africa, by tonnage.

He said that they came after Liberia and 46th in the world, saying that automation was the only way to boost the worth of the registry and quicken business processes.

“Our principal aim is to achieve online electronic registration, accept electronic copies of documents and issue electronic certificates.

“Our goal as a Maritime Safety Administration is to create a world class Ship Registry, which will be attractive to ship owners with the aim of maintaining the influence of Nigeria in evolving international commercial and regulatory environment for shipping,” Peterside said.

The director-general also highlighted the efforts the agency had made to secure an internationally-competitive ship registry for the country, which include auditing the register of Nigerian vessels, redesigning and producing new ship registry certificates and others.

He noted that some of the biggest ship registries in the world, such as the UK Ship Register, currently maintained a second or international register to attract tonnage, while using the closed register to develop indigenous capacity.

He pointed out that the agency was considering establishing a second register to help grow Nigerian fleet and enhance the country’s role in international commercial trade.

Peterside called on stakeholders to assist the agency’s new computerisation initiative as they hoped to rely on their guidance, experience, industry know-how and cooperation to endow the desperately-needed credence and international respect for the Nigerian Flag.

A Governing Council Member of the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr Mina Oforiokuma, noted that technically, Nigeria’s registry was the largest in Africa.

Oforiokuma said this was based on the fact that Liberia operated an open registry, domiciled in the United States of America.

“More so, most of the vessels registered in Nigeria trade in Africa,’’ he said.

The Chairman of the Ship Registry Committee, Mr Emmanuel Ilori, urged NIMASA to set clear timelines for the administrative process of ship registration and put in place precise change in flag instructions.

Ilori advised the agency to ensure that qualified tonnage measures were employed to serve the safety department.

The highpoint of the event was the unveiling of the new high-tech ship registration certificates.

The certificates come in various categories namely; Certificate of Nigeria Registry; Certificate of Nigeria Registry (provisional); and Nigeria Certificate of Registry (Fishing Vessel)

Others are, Nigeria Certificate of Registry (Fishing Vessel Provisional), Nigeria Certificate of Registry (Bare Boat Charter Vessel) and Certificate of Nigeria Ship Registry (Cabotage).

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Adeleye Ajayi


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