Nigeria gets right to site Development Bank

Hauwa Mustapha, Abuja

Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi says Nigeria has been offered the right to provide the Secretariat for the Regional Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa, MOWCA, Development bank.

The Minister made this known when the Representative of the Secretary General of MOWCA, Colonel Mariko Mamadou who is the Technical Director of MOWCA visited him in his office, Abuja.

He assured the Organisation that the Federal Government of Nigeria would assist in any way possible to achieve this dream.

Mr Amaechi urged the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa to furnish the Ministry with the detailed status of the organisation, status of the Development Bank as well as detailed documentation of the Projects of the Organisation.

Mr Amaechi reiterated that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the principle of single window in Nigeria for the Maritime sub-sector adding that the president requested that the Secretary General of MOWCA as a matter of policy write a formal letter to the Ministry spelling out the responsibility of Nigeria in the establishment of the Maritime Development Bank.

“As soon as I receive a memo from your Secretary General, I will take it up from there” he said.

On his part the Technical Director of MOWCA, Colonel Mariko Mamadou stated that he was in Nigeria to solicit for the Ministry’s support in order for the Organisation to achieve success in some of its laudable projects especially, the establishment of the Maritime Development Bank.

Mr Mamadou disclosed that some of the Organisation’s priority plans which include, Setting up of MOWCA’s Secretariat in Nigeria, appointment of Nigerians in the area of Project Coordinator, Financial Consultant/Business Consultant and Legal Consultant who will be responsible to perfect all legal documents for the smooth take-off of the organisation’s projects in Nigeria.

Cargo Security

He called on Nigeria as a Member State of MOWCA and all Permanent Representative of International Maritime Organization, IMO, to adopt the Cargo Tracking Note to facilitate Cargo Security and trade while also encouraging other Member States to adopt the principle of Single Window for same reasons.

Colonel Mamadou further explained that the Secretary General of MOWCA has directed that Nigeria should be invited in place of Angola to represent MOWCA in the next International Maritime Organisation, IMO, meeting in London.

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