The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has stated that the Agency will continue to take deliberate steps to work with critical institutions and professional bodies to reposition Nigeria’s maritime industry.

During a courtesy visit to the Agency by an affiliate of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Jamoh stated that working with the association and the judiciary was sacred to the Agency, given the complex and time-sensitive nature of maritime issues and the associated ongoing requirement for quick fixes.

“Prompt justice is important to achieving success in our pursuit of lasting investor confidence, and the judiciary is a critical factor in this endeavor. When a case is delayed, investment opportunities are lost.

“So let me take this opportunity to request the cooperation of the Nigerian Bar Association to always insist on timely dispute resolution for maritime issues as we all play some role in catalyzing the Nigerian economy,” said yum.

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Speaking further, Jamoh noted that the SPOMO (Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Crimes) Act of 2019 has come into effect and that it is a victory for Nigeria as a whole in the nation’s determination to take its rightful position in the courtesy of maritime nations.

He noted that some convictions have been obtained to date and described it as a signal that Nigeria is on the right track in the war against piracy and other crimes on the country’s waterways.

According to the DG: “We will not yield to our efforts to ensure a safe and secure maritime domain in accordance with our mandate. NIMASA will continue to work closely with other government bodies, the international community and other stakeholders to improve safety in Nigeria’s waterways and the Gulf of Guinea.

“With the SPOMO Act, we have received 23 convictions, of which 10 were sentenced to 10 years in prison, 10 seven years, while three foreigners were fined for their involvement in crime in Nigerian territorial waters. This will serve as a deterrent to other criminal elements still involved in the nefarious activities on our waterways.”

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He believed that, despite the progress made by the Agency in the safety and security of the Nigerian maritime domain, the Agency’s management recognizes equally the need for professional development and alignment, as well as greater partnership and cooperation between all stakeholders, the justice included.

He claimed that training and development were important components of the Agency’s administrative growth, and emphasized that NIMASA has a system in which officers, including those of the Agency’s Legal Unit, are trained in various fields and admiralty law respectively at the World Maritime University. (WMU), Sweden, for global competitiveness.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the NBA Department in the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Adjeh Monday, praised the leadership of NIMASA for all the Agency’s achievements, and reiterated the need for continued cooperation with relevant stakeholders to enhance the maritime industry of to help the country move forward.

He said the Association would continue to explore more value-added models for collaboration with the Agency to provide the necessary assistance to NIMASA in its effort to ensure a safe and secure maritime space.

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