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NIMASA to oversee NISA election

                                    L-R; Mr Joe Ugo-Emeribe, Secretary, Electoral Committee of NISA, and Capt. Niyi Adeyemo, Chairman of the Committee, at a briefing in Lagos on Monday.

The Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) will conduct the forth-coming
election of  the Nigerian Indigenous Ship-owners Association(NISA) on Oct.24 in Lagos.

Capt. Niyi Adeyemo, the NISA Electoral Committee Chairman, disclosed this
during a briefing at the association’s secretariat on Monday.
He said the choice of NIMASA as the ‘Returning Officer’ for the election was as
provided in NISA constitution.

“By law they are authorised to grant ship-building and ship purchase funds
to those who apply.
“They oversee activities of operations in shipping in Nigeria,” he
Also speaking, Mr Joe Ugo-Emeribe, secretary of the committee, said NIMASA was
chosen while the constitution was being drawn, for credibility purposes.
” NIMASA is a regulatory body and we know that for credibility sake, it is
good that NIMASA conducts our elections.”
According to Ugo- Emeribe, the election date was shifted from Oct. 15 to enable the committee take care of logistics for the election.
He also said that the association would get NIMASA’s approval of its guidelines
for the election before they could go along with it.
On the number of contestants, he said there were 22 candidates contesting
for various positions.
“The positions the candidates are contesting for include the president,
the first and second vice-presidents, a secretary- general and assistant
“Others are treasurer, financial secretary, publicity secretary, and
welfare officer, coordinators for Lagos, Warri, Port Harcourt and
A legal adviser is to be appointed after the executive has been constituted,
Ugo-Emeribe said.
The electoral committee added that there would be room for appeal if after the
election any of the candidates expressed displeasure.
It also said that candidates were expected to present their manifestos before
the members.

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