Abiola Seun |
The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration has said that the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act Amendment Bill which had gone through first reading in the House of Representatives will reflect contemporary issues that would be beneficial to indigenous shipowners in the country.
The chairman of the committee, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu who stated this in Lagos during an oversight visit by members of the committee to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), applauded the budget implementation status of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) despite the coronavirus pandemic.
“A more responsive Cabotage law will stimulate opportunities and policies for giving seafarers jobs and improve on shipbuilding capacity,” Ikpeazu stated.
Ikpeazu expressed confidence in the current management of NIMASA led by the Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh. She said Dr. Jamoh had laid down a clear roadmap for taking the Agency to greater heights, and pledged the lower chamber’s support.
The Director-General stated, “Human beings are the most important link in the maritime industry and, at the same time, the weakest and most complicated in the industry. This administration will take the issue of training and capacity development of staff serious and we have gone further to maintain a close relationship with the maritime workers union to ensure that dockworkers are properly trained.”
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