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BARGE Operators seek NIMASA’s support to Complete as Jamoh works on gridlock elimination

BARGE Operators seek l NIMASA's support to Complete as Jamoh works on gridlock elimination
Written by Maritime First

Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh presenting a plaque to the President, Barge Operators Association of Nigeria (BOAN) Hon. Bunmi Olumekun when the latter led the association on a courtesy visit to the Agency recently.

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The Barge Operators Association of Nigeria (BOAN) has noted the need for urgent intervention of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, stressing that not only is their operational terrain dominated by foreign competitors, but BOAN lacks the financial muscle for credible competition.

Led by the group President, Bunmi Olumekun to NIMASA’s Corporate Headquarters, the members urged Bashir Jamoh led NIMASA, to facilitate access to loans at a single-digit interest rate to help operators acquire state of the earth barges.

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Responding, the Agency Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh acknowledged that a well-regulated barge operating industry in the maritime sector is critical to ending gridlock on port access roads in Nigeria.

“Barge operations have helped to reduce gridlocks in Apapa, as they are involved with the transportation of container goods from one point to another within the inland waters, thereby putting less pressure on our roads, while also contributing their quota to national economic development”, Jamoh remarked, assuring BOAN of support.

The NIMASA DG urged the operators to invest in modern state-of-the-art barges that can enable them to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts, as this will help them remain in business and protect them from foreigners taking over their jobs.

While assuring them that the Agency will do all it can to promote barge operations as an alternative means of transportation, he enjoined them to brace up in the aspect of the training of their members, as this will help them meet up with modern-day realities and encourage professionalism in the discharge of their duties.

”Capacity development is good for the industry players in order to remain relevant while being able to compete favourably with operators in other climes.

The business of shipping is evolving with increase in technological advancement, hence training cannot be toiled with, in order to remain valuable in the shipping market,” Jamoh averred.

Furthermore, he disclosed that the Agency has begun the wreck removal exercise across the country, in line with the directive and approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in order to ensure the channels are free for navigation, while also avoiding accidents on the waterways.

“This is the first time the Agency has undertaken a holistic approach to wreck removal, cutting across all the zones from Lagos, Port Harcourt among other areas all geared towards the safety of navigation”.

Expatiating on this, the NIMASA’s Assistant Director, Public Relations, Osagie Edward noted that BOAN President, Hon. Bunmi Olumekun acknowledged the efforts of the Agency in carrying out its mandate for the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime sector and pledged the continuous support of the association and cooperation with the Agency towards the realization of the three-point agenda of the current administration.

 

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