Peterside vows to make Nigeria hub of maritime activities in Africa

The new Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has reiterated the agency’s commitment to ensuring that Nigeria becomes the hub of maritime activities in Africa, thereby making it a reference point in the continent.

Speaking when he officially took over from the former Acting Director General, Haruna Jauro at the headquarters of the Agency in Lagos yesterday, Peterside observed that NIMASA had competent personnel to drive the mandate of the agency.

He also called on Jauro to always avail the agency of his experience and expertise whenever the need arises.

He said, “We will harness the vast potentials available in the agency in order to make Nigeria a maritime hub in the West and Central Africa sub-region by implementing all international laws and conventions, increased enforcement of our mandate and build the necessary capacity for indigenous operators leveraging on the Cabotage Act.”

He described the former acting Director General as an ambassador of NIMASA.

In his comments, Jauro expressed gratitude to God and the Federal Government for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation in the last three and half years and that he is ready to work for the success of the present management anytime his services are required.

Jauro enjoined him to study the NIMASA Act to guide him. He also noted that the Cabotage Act should be reviewed with a view to impacting positively on the indigenous operators.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Peterside as the Director General NIMASA on March 10.

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