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IMO Audit Team scores NIMASA high on human resource, tasks agency on systems development

L-R: Alternate
Permanent Representative of Nigeria to IMO, Mr. Dikko Bala, Member,
International Maritime Organisation Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) Hakon
Stohaug, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Head, IMSAS team to Nigeria Captain
Yalscin Cahit and another member, Wei Song during the submission of the
preliminary audit report at the Head Office the Agency in Lagos.
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has been scored
high on its human resource, which has been adjudged competent and committed to

appraisal came on Monday from the International Maritime Organisation Member
States Audit Scheme (IMSAS) team that submitted an interim report after its
week-long audit of the Nigerian maritime sector.
team called on maritime stakeholders including NIMASA, to develop and formalize
a long-term strategy for the implementation of IMO instruments in the country.
the interim report, the leader of the IMSAS team, Captain Yalscin Cahit
urged the Agency to develop its systems, while noting that NIMASA has
competent human resource that is also committed.
also drew attention to the need to fast-track enactment of regulations pursuant
to IMO instruments for which Nigeria is party to, and noted that issuance of
regulations was critical to enforcement of IMO instruments.
that the interim report has 11 findings and one observation, Cahit emphasized
the need for the Agency to respond within 90 days, to the
findings and highlight the strategies being developed
to remedy the gaps identified. He also highlighted positive strides being
made by the Nigerian maritime sector.
the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, promised the IMSAS team
that the Agency, together with other stakeholders were committed to the
implementation of relevant IMO instruments for the overall development of the
Nigerian maritime industry. 
DG said that the IMO Audit was in line with the vision
of NIMASA, adding that the Agency would leverage on the findings and
observation of the interim report to repositioning the Nigerian
maritime industry for more efficiency and competitiveness. 
While thanking the
IMO Audit team to Nigeria for a thorough job done,  Peterside assured the team that the
Agency would take the report very seriously and in the next one year, most of
the identified deficiencies will be drastically reduced if not completely
the active support of the Honourable Minister of Transportation and
the leadership of the Agency which is forward looking, focused and determined,
Nigeria will certainly regain its lost glory in the comity of
maritime nations.  NIMASA will immediately settle down to work to
address these findings”, the DG said. 
maritime industry audit is aimed at promoting consistent and effective
implementation of applicable IMO conventions, resolutions and protocols amongst
member nations as well as assists member states to improve their
capabilities in the enforcement of these instruments for the overall benefit of
global shipping. 

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