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NIMASA, Navy renew MoU to boost maritime security

Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, the Chief of the Naval Staff, presenting a plaque to
Mr Haruna Baba Jauro, the Ag. Director General of NIMASA, when the NIMASA boss
visited the Naval Head Quarters Abuja recently

The Nigerian
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy have
resolved to deepen their collaboration inorder provide a safe and secure
maritime environment for shipping activities.
This was made known in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos by the Head of
Public Relations, NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, and made available to newsmen.
It said the resolve was made when the Acting Director General of NIMASA,
Mr Haruna Baba Jauro visited the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete
Ibas at the Naval Head Quarters, Abuja.
Jauro stated NIMASA’s commitment to renew and strengthen the existing
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between both organisations.
The NIMASA boss also commended the Nigerian Navy for keeping to the
spirit and letters of the MoU, which he said had drastically improved safety in
the Nigerian maritime domain.
The statement quoted Jauro as saying that NIMASA remained committed to
the MoU and would do better monitoring the maritime domain with its acquisition
of a satellite surveillance system.
He added that the aim was to make Nigeria a maritime destination of
choice for both operators and investors.
He said the determination of the Agency to enhance business activities
in the maritime sector by ensuring safety and security also led to a Public
Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
The partnership, according to the statement, is with Global West Vessel
Specialists Limited (GWVSL), which was approved by the Federal Government.
He said the mandate of GWVSL was to procure and bunker vessels for
NIMASA’s operations, manned by the personnel of the Nigerian Navy on a Supply,
Operate and Transfer (SOT) basis.
He said the partnership was based on a 10 year period after which
ownership of the vessels would revert to NIMASA.
The statement said the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete
Ibas appreciated the efforts of the NIMASA Management in the past eight years
since the MoU was first signed.
Ibas noted that the MoU had been beneficial especially in the areas of
training of officers and logistics support to naval operations.
He said that by the provisions of the MoU, the Navy provided security,
armed the ships and still manned the boats.

According to the statement, Ibas also advocated for review of the
existing MoU to reflect current realities and to make it more effective and
beneficial to both organisations and the country at large.
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