The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has stated that debts owed the agency by some operators in the maritime industry from 2004 amounted to $420.5 million.
Director General of the agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said this during an engagement with the House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration in Abuja.
Dr. Peterside refuted the claim that the agency was owed over $10bn.
In a response to a petition claiming that the agency had engaged a debt recovery consultant without due process, the DG told the Committee that the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) had issued a Certificate of No Objection for the purpose.
The agency had engaged the services of Snecou Financial Services Company Limited to assist in recovering debts owed NIMASA.
In another development, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has received with shock, the unfortunate news of the demise of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr in London.
He said that the death of Saro-Wiwa Jnr was a huge loss not only to the Wiwa family and Ogoni people, but Rivers State and the nation as well.
Dr. Peterside described Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr as a patriot who followed in the footsteps of his legendary father, the world-renowned author and environmental rights activist, late Ken Saro-Wiwa.
“I recall that Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr was a great patriot that followed in the footsteps of his father, late Ken Saro-Wiwa. I’m sure it is this patriotic and nationalistic fervour in the younger Ken that made him to accept to serve the Obasanjo Presidency as Special Assistant on Peace, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and later as Senior Special Assistant on Civil Society and International Media in the former President Jonathan administration,” he said.
“As we all mourn the momentous loss of Ken Jnr, I extend my most profound condolences to his immediate family and pray that God Almighty will grant them the strength and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss and grant the soul of late Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr eternal bliss in his bosom,” the DG added.