…Peterside set to earn Nigeria… Dollars!***
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) today took delivery of its long awaited multi-million Dollar floating Dock, setting the stage for the agency to assist the Federal Government and the ship industry stakeholders, the opportunity of saving the much needed hard currency.
The gigantic floating dock with a capacity to serve as an enviable laboratory for those in naval architecture, who may no longer need to travel out of the country for their practical, was packaged to include a Ship Yard at a cost of about N49 billion.
“It was a huge investment. The conceptualization was original. The vision behind it is praiseworthy, and the current effort of Dr. Peterside, to ensure its timely delivery is noteworthy”, an informed source which spoke on condition of strong anonymity told the MARITIME FIRST.
The Source congratulated the NIMASA Director General, urging the Agency Boss to quickly find a way of putting the dock to immediate use, rather than wait for political games of using it for campaigns before commissioning, especially to justify the tedious bouts of recent shuttling he embarked upon recently.
But he similarly grieved the fate of one NIMASA former Staff, Capt Waredi, whom he noted, was “already shunted out of the agency”, despite his yeoman’s effort on this project.
“This is Waredi’s vision. This is Waredi’s life. He put his life on the line for this project. He went after the LNG like a Lagos boy pursuing a pick pocket, because Government was not willing to put a kobo, to fund the project. Unfortunately, now that the dock has become a reality, we don’t know where he is again!” the source spoke further.
A NIMASA staff whose view was sought however declined to comment, saying the agency would first ‘hide it’ from the prying eyes of the media.
“We will first hide it, because of people like you!” he jokingly said.
Pressured for a reaction this morning, the Agency image maker, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi pleaded for time, stressing that the NIMASA would make an official statement, before the end of the day.
“Don’t worry. We will make an official statement, before the end of the day….”, he indicated.