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ICPC advocates joint vessel inspection by maritime agencies

…As Dakuku says transparency, integrity crucial
to maritime growth  

The DG NIMASA,  Dr. Dakuku
Peterside (middle) presenting copies of the Agency’s in-house Voyage Magazine
to the Director, Public Enlightenment and Spokesperson of the ICPC, Mrs. Rashidat
Okoduwa, Mni, while the Director, Legal Services of the Nigerian Shippers’
Council (NSC) Mr. Samuel Vongtau looks during a joint courtesy visit by the
ICPC and NSC to the Management of NIMASA in Lagos.

The Acting Chairman of the Independent
Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Dr. Musa Usman
Abubakar has stressed the need for all government agencies in the maritime
sector to carry out joint inspection of vessels at the ports in order to fully
actualize the Ease of Doing Business initiative of the Federal Government.

Dr. Abubakar who made this known when he led
a joint team from the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) and the Commission on a
courtesy visit to the Management of the Agency noted that it will aid the
turn-around-time of vessels calling at our part and also bring about
The ICPC boss, who was represented by the
Director, Public Enlightenment and Spokesperson of the Commission, Mrs.
Rashidat Okoduwa, Mni
, stated that activities in the ports would no
longer be business as usual for operators and others who are yet to comply with
the ease of doing business initiative, hence the reason they are seeking
partnership with NIMASA and other agencies to join in the resolve to ensure a
business friendly and conducive maritime sector in Nigeria.
While welcoming the delegation, the Director
General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr.
Dakuku Peterside stated that transparency and integrity are crucial elements
that must be put in place in order to realize a robust maritime sector in line
with the Ease of Doing Business initiative of the Federal Government.
We must be conscious of our international image because people who
do business in our ports have alternatives. We must strive to make our ports
user friendly and competitive; to achieve this, we need the support of all
Stakeholders in the maritime sector
,” Dr. Dakuku said.  
He added that NIMASA had fully keyed into the initiative
of the ease of doing business and would continue to partner other relevant
government bodies in the ports in order to fully realize the essence, which is
geared towards making the nation’s ports competitive, adding that it will in
turn bring about more employment opportunities and also generate more revenues
to add to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).   
Dr. Dakuku called for sanctions to erring
port operatives, stating that it will serve as deterrent to others. He
said, Where there are
no consequences for offences, people will continue to err; therefore the need
to make people face the consequences for their actions or inactions is not
The NIMASA DG noted that the Agency had
reviewed its Standards Operational Procedures (SOP) manual and made the
operational departments sign a service level agreement whereby boarding any vessel
and other transactions would be done in record time, with a view to reducing
delay in turn-around-time of vessels and to enhance trade facilitation. This
, he explained, would ensure full
compliance with the Federal Government’s Ease of Doing Business agenda.
The Executive Secretary of the NSC, Barrister
Hassan Bello, who was represented by the Director, Legal Services of the NSC,
Mr. Samuel Vongtau appealed for more collaborative efforts by all the various
agencies in the ports in order to realize an economically viable maritime
sector in Nigeria.
The Federal Government’s Ease of Doing
Business initiative is geared towards ensuring faster processes and procedures
in ports activities in the country, whereby vessels calling at the nation’s ports
get good time value for their businesses, thereby allowing for an improved
turn-around-time in all forms of port transactions.
To achieve that, all agencies in the ports
are expected to collaborate and ensure seamless transactions in line with
global best practices.  

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