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NIMASA, MPA Singapore begin mutually-benefiting maritime relationship

General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside with the Chief Executive
of Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore, Mr. Andrew Tan during their
meeting on the sidelines of the Maritime Administrators’ Forum in Singapore
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency (NIMASA) and the Maritime and Ports Authority of Singapore have held bilateral
meetings to seek areas of collaboration between the two maritime regulators on
the sidelines of the Maritime Regulators Forum held in Singapore.

 The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside
met with his counterpart at the Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) of
Singapore, Mr. Andrew Tan, where they pledged to collaborate for the benefit of
both countries.
A statement by the Head of Public Relations,
NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, said Peterside called on Singapore investors to take
advantage of the reforms in Nigeria’s maritime industry  and ‘‘invest in the country’s huge and
untapped maritime potentials’’.
Peterside also requested partnership with the
Singaporean authorities in the areas of technology acquisition for monitoring
of the waterways, capacity building of personnel, support to upgrade maritime
infrastructure as well as acquisition of more ocean-going vessels for
indigenous operators.
He assured Singapore investors and indeed the
global community, of NIMASA’s commitment to focus on effective enforcement of
all IMO instruments for which Nigeria is a signatory.
He also expressed commitment to building the
requisite capacity of personnel & infrastructure for the execution of its
mandate, adding that clean and safe oceans and security of ships operating in Nigerian
waters remain a top priority.
Speaking, Tan who described Nigeria as the new
destination for future maritime investments, but expressed surprise that there
was no institutional relationship between Nigeria and Singapore despite
Singapore being the second busiest and first trans-shipment port in the world
and Nigeria a major maritime hub in West and Central Africa.
The MPA Chief Executive suggested that Nigeria
could benefit from Singapore’s well developed and excess maritime capacity,
while Singapore could benefit from Nigeria’s huge market.
He therefore invited NIMASA to take advantage of
the several programmes available in MPA Academy of Singapore to build capacity
of its personnel, while also leveraging on Singapore’s ship building &
maintenance expertise to get many Nigeria maritime players own their own
Tan also suggested a new level of cooperation
between the two parties at IMO meetings.
The DG of NIMASA,  was in Singapore at the invitation of the
Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) of Singapore for the Forum of Maritime

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