Reps public petition committee threatens to arrest NIMASA DG

Dayo Mobereola


The House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions has threatened to order the arrest of the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola, if he fails to appear before the committee next Wednesday.

The committee is investigating a petition against the agency by Abade-Toru Manga Community Development Initiative.

In the petition addressed to the Speaker of the House, the petitioners alleged that NIMASA failed to establish educational and skills acquisition projects in the coastal communities as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

They said NIMASA had made commitment in line with the recommendations at the Global Maritime Security Conference 2019 to introduce educational, entrepreneurship training, and skills acquisition programmes in the areas of fishing, clearing and forwarding, and legal bunkering, for people in the coastal communities.

They alleged that rather than living up to this commitment, the former Director General of the agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh decided to build a Maritime Skill Acquisition Centre and Twin Lecture Theatre in Kaduna State, where he hails from.

As part of its investigations, the committee summoned Mobereola to explain why NIMASA failed to replicate the skills acquisition centres in the five state where it operates. The states are Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers.

Chairman of the committee, Mike Etaba, said If the NIMASA DG fails to show up on the scheduled date, the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun will be directed to to arrest and forcefully bring him before the committee.

He said the committee is exercising its investigative powers under Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution.

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