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NIMASA: Nigeria’s Vision for Functional Dry-docking, Based on PPP Arrangement Solidly on Course



NIMASA: Nigeria's Vision for Functional Dry-docking, Based on PPP Arrangement Solidly on Course

… As Jamoh Confirms ICRC final approval***

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh has debunked the notion of delays in the operation of its modular floating dock and stressed that the vision, for a functional dry docking regime, based on Public, Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, is solidly on course.

Dr. Jamoh disclosed this in his office in Lagos on Thursday, while briefing newsmen, on the extensive efforts already made, to ensure an encompassing success, when its modular floating dock, goes into operations, soon.

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The NIMASA Boss gave an illuminating picture of what Nigerians should also expect, as the agency would not be incarcerated by the challenges, which brought the Nigerian Ports Authority NPA now- defunct, floating dock to its knees.

“From the time I assumed office till date, we have been working on the floating dock, that’s what you don’t know”, he told the Maritime First, highlighting a major difference between acquiring a motor from a showroom and procuring a ship from a shipyard.

“From the day that I took over till now, the floating dock has been on Course.

If you go there now, you will find people working on it.

“The floating dock has been built, and there must be an installation… So after the floating dock was built and brought here, there ought to be an installation.

That installation part will soon be done.

“So, it’s not that we are sleeping or not doing anything; for while you think we are holding on, we are actually doing so many things, simultaneously.

“Recently, I gave an example of what a floating dock is all about.

I have distinguished a floating dock from a car.

A car is that which you can enter a showroom, pay the money, take the key, start the car, drive the car and go your way, to anywhere, to Abuja or Maiduguri; but the operating ship is not like that; for there are processes and procedures.

“It is just like an Air Conditioner: if you procure an AC, you have to install the AC too.

First, you get the space for installation, then the pipe, the cable, the electricity, and finally the socket.

“If there is no socket, there is no way the AC will work.

So also, if there is no power supply, the AC won’t work. So, if you go to the floating dock, there are cranes, and if the cranes are not working, you cannot work the floating dock; so also, without the engine and the generators, it won’t equally work”, he stated, explaining that the agency had invited Damen, the manufacturer of the floating dock and concerted efforts were already taken, to ensure a successful installation, preparatory to functional operations.

“As I’m talking to you now, the docking system we are going to put in place will benefit the whole of Nigeria”, Dr. Jamoh said, and explained why some equipment that is presently not in Nigeria, must be brought in, from the Netherlands, even though, on a temporary basis.

Taking a hard look into the immediate past, he recalled how the once vibrant NPA floating dock dream was killed; and emphasized that he was using that experience as an impetus, to ensure the enduring success of the present vision.

Jamoh observed that three or four years ago, the NPA had to remove it’s own non-functioning floating dock from the Continental Shipyard, Apapa and grieved that it could no longer perform its national assignment.

“We came, we saw the NPA floating dock working; everybody would recall that the modular floating dock was there, with the dolphins standing. But today, it is no more.

“Who did this? It is mismanagement of government resources! So, we have said no, this must not happen to our own.

“So, we came here, had meetings with (former NPA Managing Director, Bala Usman) Hadiza and we debated whether the management that managed her floating dock can manage ours.

But, I told her in black and white, that they killed her own (dream), and they can’t kill mine.

We learned from that particular concept.

“We have decided to put up a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

We would get an emerging partner who has the experience, and the technical know-how, to bring customers; because it is one thing to have a floating dock, it is another to enjoy the confidence of the people who are to bring their ships.

If you are not comfortable with a mechanic, you can’t carry your car to the mechanic.

“So what we have is a floating dock that can repair ships.

But, we also know that If you don’t have the integrity and technical know-how, and the operators know, then, nobody will carry his ship there”, Jamoh indicated, pointing out that the Agency, therefore, went to the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC).

“So we have to go to ICRC, while we are trying to start the floating dock; to satisfy the procurement process”, which has now, after comprehensive scrutiny, examined it’s workability, particularly to know if it is bankable and profitable, has now given its final approval; that the agency should go ahead!


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NIMASA: Jamoh Bags National Productivity Merit Award 



 ….Dedicates award to stakeholders as   Ajani, and Offodile join Awardees List***

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, will on Monday be conferred, by the Federal Government with the 2021 National Productivity Order of Merit, NPOM, Award. 

Also in the category of awards is the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Agency, Chudi Offodile; while the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani was nominated as a 2022 recipient of the award.

The official conferment ceremony is scheduled for Monday, June 5, 2023.

The DG expressed appreciation to the Federal Government, noting that it is a call to greater service to our Fatherland.

“I am spurred by this award, particularly as it is coming from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, which underscores the ministry’s role in ensuring reward for hard work and productivity in public service”

Chudi Offodile

Let me also use this opportunity to dedicate the award to the industry’s stakeholders; external and internal, as they have made our work easier as an administration. We will continue to strive to make the maritime sector a viable economic driver, especially with the Blue Economy mantra, which is critical to the sustainability of the maritime sector”, Jamoh said.

Commenting the on the selection of the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, the DG said it is a well-deserved honour, as she has remained a core professional and astute administrator in the coordination of activities in the Ministry and the Agencies under the supervision of the Ministry.

“I am not surprised by her selection, as she is an administrator par excellence and has remained resolute and professional in the discharge of her duties. Little wonder she is commonly referred to as the “Head Mistress” of the Ministry and the Maritime Sector”. I congratulate her on the well-deserving award.

The National Productivity Order of Merit Award was instituted by the Federal Government of Nigeria to recognize and honour productive individuals and organizations in Nigeria in the year of the award for achievements made in the preceding years.

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Group Backs Tinubu On Subsidy Removal, Calls For Restructuring



The Campaign for Democracy (CD), a pro-democracy, Civil Society and Human Rights Organisation, has backed President Bola Tinubu on the removal of fuel subsidy.

The group made this known in a communique issued by its North Central Executive Committee at the end of its meeting on Friday in Minna, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.

The communique was jointly signed by the Chairman, of North Central Zone, Dr Abdullahi Mohammed, and Secretary General, Mr Abdulwahid Adeniran.

They urged the president to restructure the nation’s security architecture to effectively tackle the challenge of insecurity as well as Nigeria as a country.

They said the expectation of Nigerians were high in tandem with the renewed hope principle and focused policy of the administration.

According to the communique, the removal of the fuel subsidy was long overdue and welcome the development for the good of Nigerians.

The group also urged the government to do the needful by putting necessary palliative policy measures and logistics to soften the hardship that might accompany the new paradigm shift among the citizens.

“That there is a need for a national task force comprising of the Army, Police, Customs, Navy, Air Force, Civil Defence and non-state actors, civil society,  among other stakeholders, to check the arbitrary price increase of the product, stop the exploitation of the people by fuel marketers and their collaborators/dealers to tarnish the image of the new administration in the eyes of the public,” they said.

The group also called on stakeholders in the educational sector to come up with solutions to the challenges of 12.3 million out-of-school in Nigeria as a result of insecurity.

They also advocated that the president should give directions to child education through the resettlement of IDPs, and tackle banditry, poverty, food insecurity and socio-economic challenges confronting the nation.

Tinubu vows to sustain Nigeria’s progressive agenda beyond 2023
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

The group recommended that federal government policy programme implementation be adopted at the sub-national state and local governments for the benefit of Nigerians.

According to them, this synergy is key to the collaborative building of the country.

Besides, CD called on Tinubu to restructure the nation’s security architecture for better performance to further curb crimes and criminalities.

They however commended the Armed Forces of Nigeria for taking the battle against insurgency, kidnapping, and banditry to the doorsteps of the criminals.

According to the group, the battle against insecurity is winnable by our gallant military men and officers in the theatre of the war.

They therefore called on all stakeholders to support Tinubu toward physical and economically restructuring of Nigeria for the common interest of all.

The group congratulated the new governor and deputy governor of Niger, advising them to partner with all relevant stakeholders for the peace and development of the state.

“We appeal to the incoming government to take the welfare of civil servants seriously by providing motivational incentives to improve the working conditions of workers and ensure commensurate take-home wages and salaries are paid as of when due,” the group urged.

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NSC: APMT Receives Registration Certificate as Regulated Service Provider



The AP Moller Terminals, led by its Vice President, Mr. Martijn Van Dongen on Friday, paid a courtesy visit, to the Nigerian Shippers’ Council headquarters in Lagos.

Dongen, leading a 4 -man delegation,  said the essence of the visit was to strengthen the collaboration with the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, as port Economic Regulator. 

During the visit, the APMT actually received its certificate to operate as a regulated service provider. 

The Legal Adviser and Head of Corporate Affairs of APMT, Chinenye Deinde also urged NSC to pursue the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill, stating that it has the potential to sanitize the maritime sector. 

In his response, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of NSC, Rt. Honourable Emmanuel Jime, highlighted that the Shippers’ Council was already working on the review of its enabling Act, which he believes will strengthen the agency in its role as port economic regulator.

 According to him, the Federal Government is committed to making Nigeria an investment haven for foreign investors while encouraging local entrepreneurs to be creative in growing the economy.

  “The strategic location of this country on the African continent makes it a trigger for investments”, the NSC ES/CEO concluded.

Mr. Dongen was accompanied on the visit by Mr. Klaus Holm Laursen, Head of Joint Ventures, Africa and Europe, Mrs. Chinenye Deinde, Legal Adviser & Head, Corporate Affairs, APMT as well as Mr. Frederick Klinke, MD, APMT Nigeria.

L-R: Martijn van Dongen Vice President, Head of Global Lean Business System at APM Terminals, Maersk, Klaus Holm Laursen Head of Joint Ventures, Africa & Europe, Hon. Emmanuel Jime, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Frederik Klinke, Country Managing Director, APM Terminals, Nigeria and Chinenye Deinde, General Manager, Legal and Corporate Affairs, APM Terminals Apapa

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