NIMASA pays N37.6bn into federation account, investigates 12 accidents in 2021

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Between January and December 2021, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) contributed N37.6 billion into the federation account, compared with N31.8 billion within same period in 2020.

Briefing Journalists weekend in Lagos, Director General, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, explained that the Agency’s Marine Accident Investigation Unit also investigated 12 accidents compared with 18 in 2020.

Jamoh who spoke on sundry issues said: “The year 2021 saw the agency paying to the federal government N37,691,630,450.02 and this is from levies and others.”

He explained that the Agency’s target is to attain more than N37 billion in 2022: “We believe the N37 billion generated is not our own milestone, we are working hard to ensure we get to the promise land.”

Jamoh noted that some indices recorded in 2021 had to do with the responsibilities of the agency in line with its function on safety, security and marine environment management issues.

Making reference to marine safety, Jamoh said the agency was responsible for Flag State implementation; to inspect, survey vessels in accordance with safety requirements of the Merchant Shipping Act 2007.

“Under that survey, we have what we call Condition Survey, which is to ascertain the actual position and condition of our own vessels.

“Compared with the number of vessels surveyed with the flag registration of the previous years, in 2021, we surveyed 489 vessels, which is 43.6 per cent higher than the total number of condition survey carried out in 2020 which was 276.

“This indicates maritime administration’s seriousness in terms of flag state survey even with the global pandemic issues,” he said.

He noted that for Port State Control, which had to do with ensuring that each vessel-maintained safety standards, it was discovered that 249 foreign vessels boarded Nigerian waters.

“For port state control implementation, comparing year 2020 to 2021, it was observed that 2021 recorded 675 vessels that is 24.2 per cent higher than the total number of inspections carried out in 2020 which was 510 vessels.

“This showed an increase performance of 24.2 per cent,” he said.

He raised concerns over the number of failures recorded among Nigerian seafarers who sat for Certificate of Competency examinations.

For examination and certification indices, he said that for officers cadets examination, 829 took the exam, those passed and certified was 264 which shows 32 per cent, 565 failed showing 68 per cent.

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