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NIMASA Remitted $140.7m To Federation Account In Five Years- Jauro



  • As EFCC raids ex-VP Sambo’s office, seizes $50,000

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has remitted $140.8m (N42.22bn) into the Federation Account in five years,

The NIMASA Director General, Mr. Baba Jauro,  who disclosed this to visiting members of the Senate Committee on oversight function, noting that the agency collected $270million revenue  from the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas  vessels in 2015, however explained that the remittance was not inclusive of the N4,985,000,000 and $39,025,017 operating surplus for last year which was also remitted to the Federation Account.

Highlighting that the safe custody of the over N51 billion Cabotage Fund, domiciled with NIMASA to promote the development of indigenous commercial shipping capacity in international and coastal trade, is safe, to the Senate Committee headed by its Chairman, Senator Ahmed Sani, Baba Jauro indicated that so far, only the statutory revenue disbursements of the agency, which include a 25 per cent maritime fund and five per cent development for Maritime Academy, Oron had been undertaken.

Providing a breakdown, the NIMASA Arrowhead observed that  N450million  was remitted in 2011,  N6, 441, 383, 583,  2012; N13, 833,431,883, 2013; N9,732,349,682 , 2014 and N11,770,978,562  in 2015.

Jauro said that the agency had registered no fewer than 1,975 vessels in its ship registry; adding that the agency was now, dutifully discharging all the functions it is statutorily saddled with, especially the responsibility of shipping development and regulatory matters relating to merchant shipping and seafarers.

He  listed other responsibilities as including: administration and regulation of shipping licenses, administration, regulation and certification of seafarers ,establishment of maritime training and safety standards,  regulation of safety of shipping as regards the construction of ships and navigation, provision of maritime search and rescue services

Also, the director general said that NIMASA  provides direction and ensure compliance with vessels security measures, carry out air and coastal surveillance and control and prevent maritime pollution  among others

In his response, Senator Sani noted that the committee was actually in the agency to perform its oversight function so as to ensure that government agencies manage their resources prudently in the best interest of Nigerians.

He maintained that the issue of corruption which has become a norm in the society must be eradicated, positing that the committee was in the agency to beam its searchlight into the activities of NIMASA in the past years; soliciting for full cooperation of the management, particularly with vital information that would guide them in performing their oversight functions.

In the meantime, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at the weekend, raided the office of former Vice-President Namadi Sambo, in Abuja.

Nigerian Tribune learnt that operatives of the commission stormed the office, located on Herbert Macauley Way in the Federal Capital Territory, on Saturday, apparently in connection with the ongoing investigation into the $1.2 billion arms procurement scandal, as the former number two citizen was allegedly indicted in the investigation.

Nigerian Tribune learnt that the operatives, during the operation, broke into the safe in the former vice-president’s office, where $50,000 was said to have been discovered alongside his declaration of assets form, a list containing his property, among other documents.

A source informed that Sambo had, in recent times, been moving documents from his house to the office, which operatives on his trail all the while had thought was money.

The source further stated that the operatives were disappointed with what they discovered in the office after they raided the place.

When contacted, Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, told the Nigerian Tribune that he was not aware of the operation, saying that he was going to find out about it.

He, however, told the Nigerian Tribune that he was not able to confirm whether the office was raided or not.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Tribune has learnt that the commission has perfected plans to nab military officers President Muhammadu Buhari directed it to further investigate, following their refusal to honour invitation extended to them.

The move followed the arrest of a former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, last Wednesday night by operatives of the anti-graft commission.

His arrest came on the heels of the seal off of some properties belonging to some of the officers same day.

A source informed the Nigerian Tribune on Monday that plans were being concluded to move against other serving and retired Air Force and army officers recommended by an audit committee set up by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to probe arms procurements between 2007 and 2015.

Based on the recommendation, the presidential directive was given to EFCC to investigate former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Amosu and 15 other serving and retired Air Force and army officers, including two former Chiefs of Air Force, Air Marshall Dikko Umar and Amosu, specifically on their roles in fundamental breaches in the arms procurements by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) within the eight-year period.

Twenty-one companies involved in one way or the other in the arms procurement deals and their directors were also lined up for further investigation by the anti-corruption body.

The source informed that the commission had promptly extended formal invitation to the affected individuals, companies and their directors, saying that having waited for them to voluntarily show up to answer questions on their roles in the arms scandal, the commission had no other choice but to force them to appear before it.

“The next thing to do naturally by the commission is to force these people to come and explain their roles in the arms procurement scandal. They have been invited to voluntarily come and explain, but it seems they do not want to do that willingly,” the source told the Nigerian Tribune on Monday.
Nigerian Tribune also reliably learnt on Monday that Air Marshal Amosu was still being kept in EFCC custody.

As of the time of filing this report, it was not sure if he had been given an administrative bail.

Additional report from Tribune


WAIVER CESSATION: Igbokwe urges NIMASA to evolve stronger collaboration with Ships owners



…Stresses the need for timely disbursement of N44.6billion CVFF***

Highly revered Nigerian Maritime Lawyer, and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mike Igbokwe has urged the Nigeria Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA) to partner with ship owners and relevant association in the industry to evolving a more vibrant merchant shipping and cabotage trade regime.

Igbokwe gave the counsel during his paper presentation at the just concluded two-day stakeholders’ meeting on Cabotage waiver restrictions, organized by NIMASA.

“NIMASA and shipowners should develop merchant shipping including cabotage trade. A good start is to partner with the relevant associations in this field, such as the Nigeria Indigenous Shipowners Association (NISA), Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Oil Trade Group & Maritime Trade Group of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).

“A cursory look at their vision, mission and objectives, show that they are willing to improve the maritime sector, not just for their members but for stakeholders in the maritime economy and the country”.

Adding that it is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a through briefing and regular consultation with ships owners, in other to have insight on the challenges facing the ship owners.

“It is of utmost importance for NIMASA to have a thorough briefing and regular consultations with shipowners, to receive insight on the challenges they face, and how the Agency can assist in solving them and encouraging them to invest and participate in the maritime sector, for its development. 

“NIMASA should see them as partners in progress because, if they do not invest in buying ships and registering them in Nigeria, there would be no Nigerian-owned ships in its Register and NIMASA would be unable to discharge its main objective.

The Maritime lawyer also urged NIMASA  to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF)that currently stands at about N44.6 billion.

“Lest it be forgotten, what is on the lips of almost every shipowner, is the need to disburse the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (the CVFF’), which was established by the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act, 2003. It was established to promote the development of indigenous ship acquisition capacity, by providing financial assistance to Nigerian citizens and shipping companies wholly owned by Nigerian operating in the domestic coastal shipping, to purchase and maintain vessels and build shipping capacity. 

“Research shows that this fund has grown to about N44.6billion; and that due to its non-disbursement, financial institutions have repossessed some vessels, resulting in a 43% reduction of the number of operational indigenous shipping companies in Nigeria, in the past few years. 

“Without beating around the bush, to promote indigenous maritime development, prompt action must be taken by NIMASA to commence the disbursement of this Fund to qualified shipowners pursuant to the extant Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (“CVFF”) Regulations.

Mike Igbokwe (SAN)

“Indeed, as part of its statutory functions, NIMASA is to enforce and administer the provisions of the Cabotage Act 2003 and develop and implement policies and programmes which will facilitate the growth of local capacity in ownership, manning and construction of ships and other maritime infrastructure. Disbursing the CVFF is one of the ways NIMASA can fulfill this mandate.

“To assist in this task, there must be collaboration between NIMASA, financial institutions, the Minister of Transportation, as contained in the CVFF Regulations that are yet to be implemented”, the legal guru highlighted further. 

He urged the agency to create the right environment for its stakeholders to build on and engender the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders.

“Lastly, which is the main reason why we are all here, cessation of ministerial waivers on some cabotage requirements, which I believe is worth applause in favour of NIMASA. 

“This is because it appears that the readiness to obtain/grant waivers had made some of the vessels and their owners engaged in cabotage trade, to become complacent and indifferent in quickly ensuring that they updated their capacities, so as not to require the waivers. 

“The cessation of waivers is a way of forcing the relevant stakeholders of the maritime sector, to find workable solutions within, for maritime development and fill the gaps in the local capacities in 100% Nigerian crewing, ship ownership, and ship building, that had necessitated the existence of the waivers since about 15 years ago, when the Cabotage Act came into being. 

“However, NIMASA must ensure that the right environment is provided for its stakeholders to build and possess the needed capacities to fill the gaps; and ensure that steps are being taken to solve the challenges being faced by stakeholders. Or better still, that they are solved within the next 5 years of its intention to stop granting waivers”, he further explained. 

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Breaking News: The Funeral Rites of Matriarch C. Ogbeifun is Live



The Burial Ceremony of Engr. Greg Ogbeifun’s mother is live. Watch on the website: and on Youtube: Maritimefirst Newspaper.

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Wind Farm Vessel Collision Leaves 15 Injured



…As Valles Steamship Orders 112,000 dwt Tanker from South Korea***

A wind farm supply vessel and a cargo ship collided in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday leaving 15 injured.

The Cyprus-flagged 80-meter general cargo ship Raba collided with Denmark-flagged 31-meter wind farm supply vessel World Bora near Rügen Island, about three nautical miles off the coast of Hamburg. 

Many of those injured were service engineers on the wind farm vessel, and 10 were seriously hurt. 

They were headed to Iberdrola’s 350MW Wikinger wind farm. Nine of the people on board the World Bora were employees of Siemens Gamesa, two were employees of Iberdrola and four were crew.

The cause of the incident is not yet known, and no pollution has been reported.

After the collision, the two ships were able to proceed to Rügen under their own power, and the injured were then taken to hospital. 

Lifeboat crews from the German Maritime Search and Rescue Service tended to them prior to their transport to hospital via ambulance and helicopter.

“Iberdrola wishes to thank the rescue services for their diligence and professionalism,” the company said in a statement.

In the meantime, the Hong Kong-based shipowner Valles Steamship has ordered a new 112,000 dwt crude oil tanker from South Korea’s Sumitomo Heavy Industries Marine & Engineering.

Sumitomo is to deliver the Aframax to Valles Steamship by the end of 2020, according to data provided by Asiasis.

The newbuild Aframax will join seven other Aframaxes in Valles Steamship’s fleet. Other ships operated by the company include Panamax bulkers and medium and long range product tankers.

The company’s most-recently delivered unit is the 114,426 dwt Aframax tanker Seagalaxy. The naming and delivery of the tanker took place in February 2019, at Namura Shipbuilding’s yard in Japan.

Maritime Executive with additional report from World Maritime News

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