Transport Minister tasks Maritime Agency on optimal mandate

David Adekunle, Lagos

Maritime Agency has been to deliver on its mandate and collaborate with other transportation sectors.

The Governing Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been urged to assist the Agency discharge its mandate optimally.

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi made the appeal at a retreat for the Board members on the topic “Integrating the Transport Sector with the Ocean Economy in Nigeria”.

He called on the members to assist the Management of NIMASA to deliver on its mandate and collaborate with other transportation sectors to build an efficient intermodal system for the country.

Global commerce
Mr. Amaechi acknowledged the strategic importance of the Maritime industry to global commerce and called on the members of the NIMASA Board to “place agency in an enviable position that would enable the agency optimally perform its functions and deliver on its mandate.”

According to him, “this retreat is therefore expected to strengthen your capacity for the assignment ahead within the tenure of this board.”

The Minister noted that government was committed to a holistic development of the transportation system.

“We must effectively harness the opportunities in the maritime sector in collaboration with other sectors which explains why government is working assiduously towards improving transportation by seamlessly integrating maritime with road, rail and air modes of transportation.” Ameachi stated.

Enabling laws
He commended the Management of NIMASA for initiating the retreat for the members of the Board observing that “as part time Board Members of NIMASA recently inaugurated, it is very desirable that members get acquainted with the Laws and the Act establishing the Agency and be guided by it in the performance of the functions to which you are appointed.”

The Minister assured the members that “A sound knowledge of the laws empowering the agency to effectively regulate the Nigerian Maritime industry will help in addressing the challenges of the sector for maximum economic benefits to the nation,”

In his response, the Chairman of the Board of NIMASA, General Jonathan Garba appreciated the Minister and assured him that the Board would cooperate with the Management team to reposition the Agency to discharge its mandate effectively.

The members of the governing board of NIMASA are in Calabar, the Cross River State capital for a three day retreat.