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FG commends NIMASA for revenue performance

          …Finance Minister, AGF acknowledge Agency’s increased contribution to CRF
Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the
Accountant-General of the Federation has commended the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for its revenue performance in the
past one year.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun who disclosed this at a workshop in
Abuja on compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility (FRA) Act, noted that poor
revenue performance by Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) was hampering
the 2017 budget implementation. She singled out NIMASA as one of the Agencies
doing well in terms of revenue generation and remittances to the Federal
Government’s Treasury Single Account (TSA).

This is coming on the heels of the commendations by President Muhammadu Buhari
and the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who separately at various times commended
the  Dr Dakuku Peterside led Management of NIMASA for their ingenuity in
managing the affairs of the  maritime regulatory Agency and increasing the
Agency’s contributions to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) even at the time
of economic recession.

The Finance Minister noted that despite the dwindling revenue of various
Government Agencies, the current management of NIMASA brought down
significantly the cost of doing business otherwise called operational cost and
the Agency was still able to generate more money by half year than it did in
the two preceding years.

While stating that NIMASA has proven that financial prudence, accountability
and transparency can lead to sustainable economic growth in Nigeria, she
enjoined all other MDA’s to emulate NIMASA and plug all revenue leakages in
order to allow for 100 percent implementation of the 2017 budget.

In her words, “Unlike NIMASA and the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), some
Agencies and Departments are operating in such a manner that returned minimal
funds to Government. To this effect, a circular has been issued restricting
allowable expenses in line with reforms occurring across government businesses,
as compliance checks would be undertaken regularly to ensure that all Agencies
and Departments adhere to the new requirements”.

Mrs Adeosun also noted that the current Management of NIMASA has introduced
processes that blocked loop holes thus increase revenue generation and subsequently
improve its reputation leading to better confidence from stakeholders in the
maritime sector.

Corroborating the Finance Minister’s stance, the Accountant General of the
Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris also urged other MDAs to be more creative in
their revenue generation efforts so that they could meet the individual targets
of Agencies and collectively meet estimated revenue to fund the 2017 budget.

The AGF noted that despite the general downturn in accruable revenue to
Government due to prevailing global economic situation, the remittances to the
Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) by NIMASA this year has been the highest by the
Agency when compared to corresponding period of recent years.

was also the first time in recent years that NIMASA will remit huge revenue
into the government coffers
”, he said.

Recently, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside informed at a
Stakeholders Forum in Lagos that in order to allow for probity and
accountability, the Agency has begun the automation of all its processes. This
has reduced human interface in the Agency’s transactions, thus improved revenue

He also disclosed that the Agency had devolved more powers to its Zonal Offices
to allow for early conclusion of transactions to ultimately plug revenue
leakages and that NIMASA is now operating 24 hours in line with the Ease of
Doing Business initiative of the Federal Government.

Dr. Peterside since assumption of office had always reiterated that the
maritime sector, if properly harnessed can successfully form a huge component
of the total budgetary requirement of the country.

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