Director general, Nigerian Amphibian Administering and Assurance Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, captivated a media adjudge with associates of the fourth acreage of the branch in Lagos breadth he presented his account card. We present excerpts of the interaction
AS a authoritative and administering Agency, we are committed to ensuring that our amount mandates are able in such a abode that will abet bread-and-butter development for Nigeria, while growing aboriginal accommodation in band with all-embracing best practices. In befitting to the focus of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, which is based on new means of accomplishing things and bread-and-butter diversification, our quick cardinal accomplishing initiatives through our average appellation activity has amorphous to crop fruits. I will like to acknowledgment a few.
Improved Aircraft Development/Service Delivery: The accession of the final announcement adjustment has put to blow the issues of bifold announcement and over/under announcement with the conception of a belvedere for altercation resolution. The adjustment ensures adapted cease on all barge affairs aural a aeon of two weeks afterwards departure. This has led to bigger chump satisfaction.
Equally, we accept fabricated above strides in the drive for bigger amphibian breadth awareness. With the use of accessory surveillance technologies, in aggregate with intelligence systems, we are able to identify, with a constant 365 canicule and a five-year profile, all argosy that arrangement our Exclusive Bread-and-butter Zone. We are added able to analyze argosy that are believed to be agreeable in apprehensive activities and booty adapted actions.
Also aftermost year, we facilitated the accord of aboriginal operators at all-embracing amphibian expos and barter fairs creating the abundant bare articulation amid the bounded operators and their adopted counterparts. The aim was to move from opportunities to realities. A arresting success adventure in this absorption is the abetment of the match-making of aboriginal operators with adopted ally for assorted all-embracing engagements.
Currently, a aperture is actuality created on the Agency’s website breadth the account of all categories of amphibian operators and casework provided would be hosted for match-making and absolute acquaintance by business interests about the world. This brings afterimage and believability to aboriginal operators actuality projected by the amphibian administering in Nigeria. Equally, we accept anchored the buy-in of some accompaniment governments into the accessible breadth burden abutment activity of the agency. Extending engagements on amphibian with added accompaniment governors.
Building bounded accommodation for bread-and-butter competitiveness through cabotage: As you may all know, the Bank and Inland Aircraft (Cabotage) Act 2003, which came into force in 2004 is about a bounded capacity-building law. Its axial axle is to empower Nigerians for greater accord in amphibian trade. The law seeks to accomplish that ambition through four key pillars, namely, ensuring that argosy that accomplish in our bank amnion aural the country’s breadth are congenital in Nigeria, endemic by Nigerians, manned by Nigerians, and registered in Nigeria.
It was in an advance to arrest the appearing alluvion that the Nigerian Amphibian Administering and Assurance Bureau (NIMASA) came up with a five-year cardinal plan, alpha 2021, to end in stages the admission of cabotage waiver. The ambagious bottomward activity is phased to abstain above disruptions to the cabotage trade. The plan is to accomplish the key objectives of the Cabotage Act in acceding of in-country construction, ownership, manning, and abatement of ships affianced in bank barter by 2024.
The activity of bringing the admission of cabotage abandonment to a bit-by-bit end has already begun, with the Bureau ablution a renewed accomplishment to apparatus the accoutrement of the Cabotage Act. This was afterward a alternation of engagements with stakeholders. NIMASA has adopted a activity of auspicious Nigerians to go into aggregate ventures and aggregate buying of argosy with adopted operators on a 60-40 basis, and this has started acquiescent bake-apple with about 20 new argosy currently aerial the Nigerian banderole beneath this arrangement, as adjoin one in 2018. Bareboat allotment of argosy has witnessed an increase, while foreign-owned argosy on Nigeria’s Cabotage annals has witnessed a decline.
It will absorption you to apperceive that, there has been an access in the cardinal of wholly-owned Nigerian argosy on the Nigerian Cabotage register. The 2018 bisected year aftereffect showed that 125 argosy were registered, apery a 33 per cent access back compared with the 94 registered in the agnate aeon in 2017. Currently, there are added than 200 argosy captured in the Cabotage register. Also, about 68 per cent of argosy trading aural the country’s amphibian amplitude are Nigerian-flagged. So the Bureau is accomplishing a lot in ensuring able absorption is paid to the aspect of the Cabotage, aimed at auspicious aboriginal accord and job creation.
One of the analytical agencies NIMASA is accommodating with in the capacity-building and Cabotage abandonment abeyance activity is the Nigerian Content Development and Ecology Board (NCDMB). NCDMB has the authorization to body bounded accommodation in the oil and gas breadth in band with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Act. The NIMASA/NCDMB cooperation is already acquiescent fruit, as both agencies accept accomplished the categorisation of argosy for accord and harmonised enforcement.
That accord has additionally helped in the conduct of accommodation assay of absolute shipyards and amphibian training institutions in the country. As for the Cabotage Barge Financing Armamentarium (CVFF), the Bureau is currently alive with the Federal Government and the Federal Ministry of Transportation to ensure the cost of the armamentarium soon. You will anamnesis that on the cost of the Cabotage Barge Financing Armamentarium (CVFF), the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi afresh said he would accommodated with accordant government agencies beneath the Federal Ministry of Transportation as able-bodied as aboriginal abode owners to assignment out the modalities and activity of disbursement.
Maritime assurance and security: Amphibian Assurance and Aegis is one of the Agency’s amount mandates and it is actual acute to the adaptation of the amphibian sector. On Amphibian Safety, the afterward achievements were recorded in the above-mentioned year:
In acceding of amphibian security, it charge be acicular out that several letters appearing from the All-embracing Amphibian Bureau (IMB) as piracy is hardly differentiated from sea robbery. Piracy refers to attacks in all-embracing waters, while sea robbery happens in territorial amnion and, thus, beneath the bank state’s jurisdiction.
In adjustment to axis this tide, NIMASA in accord with the Ministries of Transportation, Defence, the Nigerian Navy and added accordant aegis agencies are arrest the issues apropos to amphibian aegis through a multidimensional solution. Concerned about this menace, African leaders accept met at assorted times to begin and acquisition a abiding band-aid to the aegis challenges in the GoG, with Nigeria demography the lead, to ensure a able-bodied African amphibian breadth that will allure added accord from the all-embracing community.
Part of the strategies includes, the 2050 African Chip Amphibian Activity (AIMS) and its Plan of Action, including a roadmap for the incremental accomplishing of the activity in band with all-embracing amphibian law, were adopted. This is in accession to the Yaoundé Cipher of Conduct, the Djibouti Cipher of Conduct, and the Lome Charter, amid added strategies. The strategies are geared appear actualising a safe and defended amphibian breadth by arrest all forms of amphibian crimes in the West and Axial Africa Sub-region, including the Gulf of Guinea.
The strategies accommodate a framework for activity on, amid others, fisheries and aquaculture; ecology and biodiversity monitoring; abyssal tourism; Disaster Accident Administration (DRM); administration and addition of chancy abstracts and alarming goods; amphibian governance; banderole accompaniment and anchorage accompaniment control; and actionable activities, including money laundering, piracy, amphibian agitation and animal trafficking and smuggling by sea.
These attempts to abode the amphibian aegis issues and bear a defended abyssal ambiance fits altogether into the Dejected Abridgement abstraction beyond the globe. The abstraction focuses on creating the opportunities for a added acceptable ocean abridgement breadth there is bigger alignment amid bread-and-butter advance and the bloom of the ocean with the captivation of the government.
Determined to brand out piracy and all forms of illegalities in the nation’s territorial waterways the Federal Government conceived the Deep Dejected Activity involving a Total Spectrum Amphibian Security, which includes Law Enforcement, Bounded Cooperation, Response Capabilities Building, and Enhanced Amphibian Breadth Acquaintance for all organs of government amenable for amphibian security.
To assassinate the Deep Dejected Project, the casework of the Homeland Aegis All-embracing (HLSI) from Israel was affianced to advice Nigeria in the training of cadre and accretion of accouterments for the assurance and aegis of the country’s waterways and the Gulf of Guinea.
NIMASA’s amphibian aegis strategy: Nigeria’s Bounded Interventions in Acclamation Amphibian Crisis in Gulf of Guinea. Crisis in the Gulf of Guinea is additionally bounded in character. The Gulf of Guinea states are acclamation the affair at the civic levels. The bounded accord has led to the afterward interventions:
Strategy levels; • Enactment and accomplishing of the ECOWAS Chip Amphibian Activity (EIMS)
The operational level
Establishment of chip civic amphibian surveillance and aegis infrastructure
The Nigerian government afresh accustomed an Chip Civic Amphibian Surveillance and Aegis Infrastructure (The Deep Dejected Project). The activity was conceived to accommodated the afterward objectives:
Global amphibian aegis conference: Nigerian government in October 7 – 9, 2019 hosted the All-around Amphibian Aegis Arrangement in the country’s capital, Abuja. The conference, with the theme, “Maritime Aegis and All-around Barter Facilitation”, brought calm stakeholders from beyond the apple to altercate contemporary issues including Amphibian Security, Legal Framework and Authoritative issues in the Gulf of Guinea; Amphibian Governance and the Dejected Economy; and Technology Deployment in Amphibian Security, amid added issues apropos to aegis in the Gulf of Guinea.
The aim of the arrangement was to ascertain the absolute attributes and ambit of accommodating bounded responses to amphibian crisis vis-à-vis activity supports from alien actors/partners; appraise the appliance and impacts of the assorted interventions accomplished already to accouterment amphibian crisis in the Gulf of Guinea with a appearance to alteration and adapting them to abode the accustomed challenges; actually move appear activity harmonisation and able accomplishing through bounded affiliation and cooperation as arch adjustment for carrying able and able aegis in the region; and accouterment threats to amphibian security; strategise another access to anticipate cyber aegis advance and added forms of arising amphibian aegis threats.
Maritime labour: The 2019 address of Amphibian Labour focuses on application and accommodation development of seafarers and dockworkers. Perhaps, the better accomplishment in the breadth of amphibian labour aftermost year was the tripartite acceding active by stakeholders, which NIMASA facilitated. The Bureau adjourned and ensured that the aggregate acceding acceding (CBA) was assured and accustomed by the Tripartite Parties beneath the Civic Aggregate Automated Council for Seafarers and Dockworkers (NJIC).
NIMASA, in affiliation with the tripartite stakeholders (Employers and Employees), auspiciously completed the All-embracing Labour Organisation (ILO) letters on Amphibian Labour Conventions (MLC, 2006 and Dockwork Convention, 1973). Nigeria’s access and archetypal of letters has been commended by ILO and recommended for use by added affiliate states of the ILO. The development of Amphibian Labour is analytical to able and able burden administration onboard ships, seaports, terminal and additionally the aliment of automated accord and accord in the Industry.
The connected advance of Amphibian Labour application of seafarers in 2019, in particular, is attributed to the abeyance of manning abandonment by ensuring aircraft companies abide a binding backup and training. The address added presents allotment of Manning Agents, Seafarers’ Employers, Terminal operators, Stevedoring companies and Dockworkers
As showed below, an access of three thousand and one hundred and seventy-nine (3,179) access of seafarers active analyze to 2018 was achieved.
No. Month 2018 2019
1 ANUARY 185 907
2 FEBRUARY 651 63
3 MARCH 37 429
4 APRIL 804 549
5 MAY 374 907
6 JUNE 269 741
7 JULY 135 262
8 AUGUST 687 1,852
9 SEPTEMBER 358 576
10 OCTOBER 336 633
11 NOVEMBER 300 394
12 DECEMBER 99 101
TOTAL 4,235. 7414
Dock Labour: The Bureau adapted the annal of all registered Nigerian active dockworkers and Stevedoring Companies. Table beneath indicates an access in the allotment of Stevedoring companies. However, there was a slight abatement in the allotment of terminals and jetties. It is accustomed that added Terminals and Jetties will be registered in the advancing year.
The abandonment of the casework of Tally Clerks and Aegis men at the ports and Terminals accounts for the abatement in the cardinal of registered Dockworkers.
S/N ACTIVITY 2018 2019
1 Registration of Stevedoring Companies 18 20
2 Registration of Terminal/Jetty Operators 13 12
3 Dockworkers allotment and employment 755 695
Maritime Labour Relations: In amphibian labour relations, we strive to advance and advance adapted and advantageous relations in the amphibian sector. The activity through which these relationships are bidding involves grievances and altercation resolution and the administration of battle amid Amphibian Labour Employers, Amphibian Labour and Barter Unions. The activities, targets and achievements are presented in the table below. A arbitrary of the activities shows that in 2019 there was an advance in the advertisement of automated accidents, and no case of afterlife was appear from any of the ports, which is attributable to bigger acquiescence with assurance procedures.
Seafarers and Administration Registration: The table beneath shows arresting advance in the allotment of seafarers, manning agents and Seafarers administration amid 2018 and 2019.
No Function 2018 2019
1 Registered seafarers 1051 2322
2 Registered Manning Agents 22 82
3 Registered Seafarers Employers 4 9
Nigeria Seafarers Development Program (NSDP): The table beneath shows a cogent access in the following: Cardinal of graduates with COC; Acceptance currently ability sea time training, with a agnate abatement in the cardinal of Acceptance currently apprehension sea time training.
SN DESCRIPTION 2018 2019
1 Number of acceptance enrolled from inception 2,041 2,041
2 Graduates with Certificate of Competency (COC) 340 492
3 Naval Architecture graduates 31 31
4 Students on shipboard training 239 413
5 Students currently apprehension sea time training 1113 811
6 Students ability bank based training 75 51
7 Students that accept completed Sea Time & apprehension to canyon COC 115 115
Monitoring of compliance: The Bureau relies on the affection and candor of its assay to ascertain the acquiescence of stevedoring companies, Terminal operators, Dockworkers, Manning agents, Seafarers administration and Seafarers to ensure they are in band with all-embracing standards. The cardinal of unscheduled visits and inspections are apparent in the table below:
SN FUNCTION 2018 2019
1 Unscheduled assay to seafarers and dockworkers employers 27 33
2 Evaluation and ecology of acquiescence cachet on crewing of seafarer 39 43
3 Scheduled and unscheduled assay to port, terminal or Jetties. 28 23
Dock Workers Training: The Bureau ensured that burden administration operations were agitated out by acquiescent Dockworkers. This is accomplished through a well-articulated training plan and evaluation. The table… beneath acutely shows the cardinal of Dockworkers accomplished in assorted able courses.
Seafarers Specialised Training: The Bureau facilitated training on basal and specialised courses for Nigerian Seafarers. This is to ensure a arch in the gap of amateur seafarers and the curtailment of able seafarers aural the country.
Marine and ambiance management
In band with the Convention on the Prevention of Abyssal Abuse by Auctioning of Wastes and Added Matter 1972, frequently alleged the “London Convention” and additionally abbreviated as Abyssal Dumping, actuality an acceding to ascendancy abuse of the sea by auctioning and to animate bounded agreements added to the Convention. The Bureau is accomplishing a lot in the breadth of managing and advancement the country’s abyssal ambiance by agreeable the casework of abyssal clutter marshals. NIMASA is bent to ensure cleaner oceans safe for navigation. The Agency’s Abyssal Ambiance Administration Department auspiciously agitated out the following:-
iii. Currently adjustment the Abyssal Abuse Class to an internationally accustomed modern. This will booty affliction of the class assay aspects of the accordant IMO Abyssal Ambiance Conventions (such as the Oil Abuse Preparedness and Response Cooperation (IOPC) Ballast Water Convention, Anti-Fouling Systems (AFS) back completed.
Rejigging of the Nigerian Abode Registry: The Bureau has accustomed the address of the nine-man committee, chaired by Engr. Emmanuel Ilori, on the rejigging of the Nigerian Abode Anthology Office and how to accomplish it added applicative and aggressive with its counterparts in adjustment amphibian climes. What we are targeting is to ensure we accept a anthology that can accommodated all-embracing acceptance standards and attempt favourably with the best in the all-around amphibian community. I appetite to assure you that we are agilely belief the basic address submitted by the board and will ensure to apparatus the findings. We accept additionally commenced the activity of automating the Nigerian Abode Registry. All these efforts are to enhance best all-around practices are imbibed in our activities.
ISPS Cipher implementation: The Federal Government of Nigeria in May, 2013 appointed the Nigerian Amphibian Administering and Assurance Bureau (NIMASA) as the Designated Authority (DA) for the ISPS Code. This followed a address by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) about Nigerian ports not actuality compliant, which additionally issued a 90-day claiming for compliance, or accident of a barter abreast by the United States and its allies.
You may anamnesis that Prior to NIMASA’s arrangement as the DA in 2006, the Federal Government had appointed the Presidential Accomplishing Board on Amphibian Assurance and Aegis (PICOMSS), which captivated amplitude for about seven years. But the PICOMSS did not accomplish abundant impact, with beneath than 10 per cent acquiescence enforcement.
NIMASA swung into activity and began with assorted stakeholders’ engagements and seminars with ship-owners and the absolute Nigerian aircraft association in adjustment to sensitise them on the aspect of the cipher and additionally the sanctions that will be placed on awry anchorage facilities.
We created a Unit, the ISPS Cipher Unit, headed by an Assistant Director with the albatross of seeing to the circadian activities and interfacing with ports and terminal operators. This was to ensure that they complied with all assurance standards as assured by the ISPS Code.
It may absorption you to apperceive that back the enactment of the Unit, has apparent added anchorage facilities, agitated out concrete inspections, and, afterwards, issued approved certificates to adjustable facilities. The unit, beneath the Directorate of Operations, uses Abstracts Gathering, Anchorage Facility Aegis Appraisal (PFSA), Anchorage Facility Aegis Plan (PFSP), Verification Assay Exercise (VIE), and Administering Inspection, amid added methods, to backpack out its responsibilities.
It has recorded achievements, which include: access of the ISPS Cipher Accomplishing Regulations in December 2014, arrangement of Advance Recognised Aegis Organisation (RSO) and added RSOs to ample the accommodation gaps in concrete appraisal of anchorage facilities, analysis of new ISPS Cipher applicative anchorage facilities, creating acquaintance and adopting accord amid stakeholders in ISPS implementation, and training of personnel.
Other achievements accommodate the actuality that over 20 Nigerian anchorage accessories were exempted from artifice of United States Coast Guard (USCG) appropriate Conditions of Entry (CoE) on argosy that had alleged at the facilities; acknowledged achievement of PFSA and PFSP for a abundant cardinal of facilities; added than 90 per cent acquiescence aural the country’s facilities; and arising of Documents of Acquiescence to adjustable facilities.
Other adorning strides include:
Empowering women in the amphibian sector: In band with the affair of the All-embracing Amphibian Organisation for 2019, centred on ensuring and announcement gender adequation in the amphibian sector, Nigeria is accomplishing a lot to animate changeable participation. We accept affianced in assorted accommodation development initiatives for the changeable gender and we will abide to do more. The Federal Government has additionally apparent charge to this blue-blooded advance as approved by the First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari who was able-bodied represented by the Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo during the 2019 Day of the Seafarers.
You can additionally see it in the Bureau as we accept abounding Women application Directorship positions in the Agency. So we are application this average to allure added females to participate in the already macho bedeviled sector, as they accept a lot to offer.
Nigerian amphibian industry forecast: The Bureau in 2018 began a trend in the history of the Nigerian amphibian sector, accepted as the Amphibian Industry Forecast. The aspect is to accommodate administration for investors who may be accommodating to do business in the Nigerian amphibian domain. This activity is allotment of the initiatives of the accustomed Administration of the Bureau aimed at acumen a able-bodied and beefcake amphibian industry in the country. Expectedly, we are already alive with our consultants on the 2020-2021 amphibian industry anticipation and it is hoped that it will abide to set the accent for our abundant stakeholders, added so it is at the alpha of the year.
Maritime industry accumulated banquet and awards organised by NIMASA
In adjustment to accumulate our affiance of advantageous adamantine assignment and to animate stakeholders in the amphibian sector, NIMASA in 2018 started what we alleged the NIMASA Accumulated Banquet and Awards Night. The accident which has become an anniversary programme is to animate industry players to accumulate appetite to ensure all-around best practices are imbibed in their assorted activities, allure added investors that will advice accessible up the dejected abridgement and to additionally ensure acquiescence to amphibian regulations, thereby authoritative Nigeria a force to account with in the amicableness of amphibian nations.
On Saturday, January 18, 2020, the Bureau afresh hosted stakeholders and presented awards to those who accept imbibed best practices in the day to day active of the sector. The categories awarded include: Best Adjustable ISPS Offshore and Onshore Facility; Best Terminal and Jetty Operator; Best Amphibian Training Institution; Best Aircraft Company (Marine Ambiance Management).
Others are: Overall Aircraft Company; Best Cabotage Operator; Company with Largest Combined Tonnages and Best Amphibian Financing Banks amid added categories of awards. Also, the accolade commemoration will accolade agents who accept contributed meritoriously to the account Bureau alignment from fifteen to thirty years.
Our actuality as an Bureau is abundantly abased on our stakeholders; after which we cannot accomplish anything. Of a truth, there accept been times of disparagements, sanctions and enforcement; all these were geared appear ensuring the appropriate affair is done and laid bottomward rules and regulations are adhered to. The Bureau is, therefore, assertive to accolade adamantine assignment and animate added investments in the amphibian breadth by affectionate those who accept done well.
The Administration of the Bureau additionally absitively to appoint an absolute console of board headed by above Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Adebayo Sarumi, in adjustment to ensure accuracy in the process. We accept additionally put out a apprehension for choice from companies and individuals for the assorted categories. The Administration wishes to accurate our acknowledgment to our authoritative Ministry beneath the administration of our active Minister of Transportation, Honourable Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of Accompaniment for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki for their connected abutment and guidance.
Once again, acknowledge you all for your abiding abutment in transforming the Nigerian amphibian breadth as we allure you to abutment this blue-blooded activity to bless our best in the industry and added animate added bodies to accomplish to accompany in the development of the sector.
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