The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Act has reached a significant milestone, with the recent passage of the amendment bill’s first reading on the floor of the Senate. Senator Wasiu Sanni, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, made this historic announcement during a working visit by the committee to NIMASA’s operational offices in Lagos.
A New Dawn for NIMASA
Senator Sanni’s revelation underscores the Senate’s commitment to formulating policies that will not only revamp NIMASA but also ensure that Nigerians reap the rewards of what is known as the “blue economy.” This proactive stance by the Senate Committee on Marine Transport holds the promise of a brighter future for Nigeria’s maritime industry.
Paving the Way for the Blue Economy
In his statement, Senator Sanni emphasized the necessity of a constructive evaluation of the existing maritime legal framework to identify any gaps that require review. This is a pivotal step in ensuring that NIMASA is well-equipped to promote and regulate Nigeria’s maritime sector effectively. The Senate, under the leadership of Senator Godswill Akpabio, has pledged its full support to the maritime industry’s growth, aligning itself with the vision of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The Amendment Bill: A Game Changer
The passing of the NIMASA Act amendment bill’s first reading marks a significant milestone in the journey to enhance the potential of Nigeria’s maritime sector for national growth and development. It signals the Senate’s dedication to supporting the government’s vision of creating a better country for all Nigerians.
Senator Abdul Ningi, a member of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport, lauded the progress that NIMASA management has achieved over the years. He commended the agency’s efforts in advancing the maritime sector, acknowledging the substantial improvements it has brought about.
NIMASA’s Commitment to Growth
The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, reiterated the agency’s unwavering commitment to both human capacity and infrastructural development to foster the growth of Nigeria’s blue economy. A well-developed marine and blue economy has the potential to significantly contribute to Nigeria’s annual budget, as it encompasses all economic activities associated with the oceans and seas.
Dr. Jamoh highlighted NIMASA’s relentless efforts to secure the nation’s waters, extending their protective measures into the Gulf of Guinea. Ensuring the safety and security of Nigeria’s waterways is a top priority, and the agency is determined to achieve this goal.
Maximizing Appropriated Funds
The Director General also pointed out NIMASA’s judicious utilization of appropriated funds, a testament to their commitment to advancing the maritime sector. This commitment is evident in their substantial investments in infrastructure and other areas crucial to the industry’s development.
President Bola Tinubu’s initiative, the creation of the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry, has set a clear direction for the nation’s maritime future. NIMASA, in alignment with this vision, is poised to lead the way in establishing a thriving blue economy that will contribute significantly to national growth and development.
The passage of the NIMASA Act amendment bill’s first reading is a significant step forward for Nigeria’s maritime industry. It reflects the Senate’s commitment to fostering growth and development in the sector, aligning with the vision of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. With NIMASA’s dedication to ensuring safety and security in our waters and strategic investments, the future of the Nigerian blue economy looks brighter than ever.
In conclusion, the passage of the NIMASA Act amendment bill’s first reading is a watershed moment for Nigeria’s maritime industry. This promising development reaffirms the Senate’s unwavering commitment to bolstering the sector and fulfilling the vision of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. NIMASA’s steadfast commitment to enhancing safety and security in Nigerian waters, coupled with their strategic investments, heralds a prosperous future for the nation’s blue economy.