“When you have completed your assignment, we will be glad to pass on the report to the President, but don’t forget your assignment will include activities of procurement and its processes from 2016 till date.“And that is why you do not have a time limit. So, it will take you some time. You are not auditing, but finding out the processes” Amaechi has declared while setting up the panel in May this year.
Stakeholders have therefore faulted the ”no time limit” given by the minister as this open-ended time frame is slowing down the operations at the ports.
The president of the Nigerian Importers Integrity Association (NIIA), Godwin Onyekazi, who ventilated the feelings of other concerned stakeholders, said major decisions that should move the industry forward and earn government more revenue have been delayed because the Acting Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko, is “constrained on several fronts”.
“Go to NPA today and see what is happening.
‘Major decisions are suffering. Sometimes simple approvals for ships to berth are delayed and no one seems to be in charge. Some port concessions have expired but no action is being taken to sign off the renewal’ Onyekazi observed.
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NIMASA set to open Lokoja office to harness waterways resources
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office, as part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, while also promoting Research and Development.
The DG, who made this known when he played host to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mal. Usman Hayatu Mazadu at the head office of the Agency in Lagos, noted that investment in research would play a major role in ensuring the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potentials.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development.
He said, “Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product while improving the well-being of our own Economy”.
Earlier in his remarks, Mallam Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
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