By Shorunke Tunde
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)has unveiled newly certificate to shipowners with the aims to compete with international standards.
The Director-General, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, in an interaction forum with the Nigerian Ship Registry and Ship Owners unveil the newly-introduced Certificate of Register on different forms of vessels in Lagos on Tuesday.
Director-General in his opening speech stated that, “we should be aware that what measures any maritime relation is in the quality and the integrity of its flags and so, Nigeria cannot say they want to build a good relation in maritime, if they don’t understand the quality and integrity of their flag.”
Dakuku while commenting on how the effective utilization of close register has help Nigeria scale from a record of 453-2725 active vessels of various tonnage noted that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has ranked Nigeria at 46 and 2nd in Africa, reacting that British which is the 2nd on the list also operates close registrar.
The Member, Governing Council of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Mr. Mina Oforiokuma while presenting the background and development of ship registration who extensively highlighted the history of ship registry and different laws which has transformed the sector over the decades.
Oforiokuma on funding, noted that about $200milliion was accord to NIMASA on last year’s Nigeria Content Intervention Funds, where he also affirm that the funding this year might double.
Commenting on the timeframe of the current ship registration, he noted that registration in line with the newly introduced ship registry system should at least be able to process vessel for 4-5days by the Nigerian Ship Registry.
The Registrar, Nigerian Ship Registry, Barr. Nneka Obiayor while presenting the newly introduced certificate to DG NIMASA said the certificate is produced with extensive research conducted with the help of the committee’s set up for such purpose.