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Akinsoji’s thoughts on incessant boat accidents in Nigeria

By Olu Akinsoji

I am concerned that the series of mishap in the waterways have not attracted serious attention of the appropriate authorities.

Has NIMASA been relinquished of the statutory responsibility of the safety of life and properties concerning waterways transportation?

That agency does not feature sufficiently in your reports concerning the incessant terrible loss of innocent life. I am worried because the situation is getting worse by the day.

You will recall that my office, Government Inspector of Ships, responsible for Safety of ships and water crafts was merged with NMA to create NIMASA.

It now appears that the aspect of safety of the life of our citizens in the waterways is subsumed in the politics of ‘Maritime Administration’.

I think NIMASA should review its structure to become more homely (domestic caring) and demonstrate her understanding of its national municipal responsibilities. I believe the industry institutionally provide sufficient fund for necessary structure.

Control of Security, Safety and Environmental protection from vessels’ operations are related and they all require the deliberate presence and effectiveness of the authority in charge.

I hope the authority will show some more concern on the current trend of waterway mishap. Thank you.

Olu Akinsoji, is a Marine Engineer and Pioneer Alternate Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), London. He was Director General, Government Inspector of Ships.

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