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House Committee on Maritime berates NIMASA for poor performance in projects execution

The House Committee on Maritime has berated the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Administration (NIMASA) for poor performance in the execution of capital projects.

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The Chairman of the Committee, Mohammed Umar-Bago, who led his committee members on an Oversight of NIMASA on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the agency may not be allocated funds in subsequent years due to its poor performance.

The chairman said that there was no need for the House to budget money for the agency for capital projects aimed at improving the lot of Nigerians when such projects would not be executed.

“NIMASA and the Federal Ministry of Transport have failed to provide the needed security on the nation’s waters, thereby, fueling the incidents of sea robbery.

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“We know the exigencies of the agencies and we as a House is poised to better the condition of things with a view to creating a robust conducive maritime environment to bolster our revenue apart from the oil.

“It is rather disheartening that after making effort to ensure that these necessities are put in place, due to bureaucracies these policies and projects are still on,’’ Umar-bago said.

According to him, if there are no improvements in the way capital projects are being attended to, there will not be any need to approve such money in the budget.

Umar-Bago, who observed that NIMASA was owing its contractors, urged it to ensure they were paid as and when due.

He also urged the agency to pay the cadets undergoing oversea training before the passage of the budget.

Responding, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside said that the agency had in 2017, executed 80 per cent of its capital projects.

“We as an agency is even looking forward to increasing the capital project execution, probably to 100 per cent we are not resting on our oars.

“Two billion naira has so far been expended for the Maritime University by the agency, the Modular Floating Duck is coming on stream in few months’ time and the agency has also engaged 400 NSDC seafarers on-board vessel for sea time experience,’’ Perterside said.

According to him, 634 members of staff have been promoted in the recent time with a view to encouraging them to put in their best.

He also said that the management had changed the public perception of the agency from corruption to an organisation the public could rely on.


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