Maritime Agency advocates Public Private Partnership

By David Adekunle and Hauwa Mustapha

NIMASA seeks improved Public Private Partnerships, PPP efforts to provide the needed infrastructure for the development of Nigeria’s economy.

Adequate provision of basic infrastructure has been identified as a necessary step capable of unlocking the vast opportunities in the Nigerian Maritime Industry.

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside said this during the fourth quarter meeting on Public Private Partnerships (PPP), organised by the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) in Abuja.

According to Dr. Peterside , “the PPP model will be able to address infrastructure deficit and as well optimise local content development. Partnership with the private sector also has the potential to enhance human capital development and active government participation in a private sector driven economy.’’

Dr Peterside pledged NIMASA’s willingness to partner with ICRC in its efforts to ensure infrastructure delivery especially in the maritime industry.

He called for improved PPP efforts to provide the needed infrastructure for the development of the nation’s economy.

NIMASA is already involved in some PPP initiatives in areas such as Maritime safety, search and rescue, maritime domain enhancement, ports and flag state responsibilities, pollution response and prevention, capacity building, ship building and ship repairs, ship breaking and recycling among others.

Speaking through Mr. Ali Indabawa, Director Abuja Zonal Office,

Exploring other methods
The Director General of ICRC, Mr. Aminu Dikko urged the Nigerian government “to look beyond its budgetary resources for the delivery of infrastructure and explore other funding methods.’’

Mr. Dikko called on governments at all strata to key into the PPP method of infrastructure delivery given the current economic crunch.

Explaining that the PPP model was not the only option to bridge the infrastructure deficit, the ICRC boss emphasised that it was a cost effective way for Nigeria to rebuild its infrastructure.

Providing platform
“ICRC is committed to providing stakeholders the platform to accelerate knowledge of the rudiments of PPP,’’ he stated.

Mr Dikko commended the quick response of ministries, departments and agencies (MDA’s) to ICRC’s request for inputs in its 2017 pipeline of projects which would soon be published.

The Director PPP Resource department, Mr. Mike Ohiani represented Mr. Aminu Dikko at the event.

Mercy Chukwudiebere