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NIMASA assures Niger Republic of smooth cargo transit

L-R: Mr Oumarou
Issoufou, Director General, Niger Republic Shippers’ Council, Mr. Haruna Baba
Jauro, Ag. Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA), Mr Solomon Ishaya a Director at the Federal Ministry of Transport,
and Barrister Calistus Nwabueze Obi, Executive Director, Maritime Labour and
Cabotage Services, NIMASA, when the Nigerian/Nigerien Joint Commission on
Transit Cargo paid a courtesy visit to the Agency in Lagos recently.
Mr Haruna Baba Jauro, the Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated the agency’s commitment to ensure facilitation of a hitch-free transit cargo to the Republic of Niger through Nigeria’s sea ports.
This is contained in statement by the Head of
Public Relations of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, made available to newsmen in

The statement said Jauro gave the assurance
when the Nigerian/Nigerien Joint Commission on Transit Cargo led by the
Director General of the Shippers’ Council of the Republic of Niger, Mr Oumarou
Issoufou, paid a courtesy visit to the agency  recently in Lagos.
 He noted
that Nigeria and Niger could work together without barriers to ensure smooth
passage of goods between both countries.
 The NIMASA boss also expressed satisfaction
with the activities of the Commission, specifically in the area of trade relations
between Nigeria and Niger.
He said both countries had a lot to benefit
from each other on issues concerning trade.
We will continue to share ideas on how to make the
relationship better and remove all barriers to successful transit of cargo
between the two countries using global best practices”
,  Jauro said.
Earlier in his address, the Director General
of Niger Republic Shippers’ Council, who spoke through an interpreter,
commended the Agency’s efforts in ensuring safety and security in the nation’s
He also pledged the readiness of Niger
Republic to co-operate with the Nigerian government for the interest of both
“We have been to the Apapa and Tincan Ports and we observed the quality
of safety and security available on the Nigerian waterways, which are
, Issoufou stated.
He further appealed to the agency to do its
best to foster a good relationship between both countries.
The Nigerian/Nigerien Joint Commission on
Transit Cargo was established with the aim of facilitating seamless transit of
Niger bound cargo through Nigerian ports. ‎
The delegation from the Republic of Niger
comprising mostly economic operators was in Nigeria to inspect port facilities
‎with a view to channeling most of their cargo through Nigerian ports.

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