As NIMASA Tackles Piracy, Manpower Shortfall

The Nigeria Maritime Administration Agency has been battling to surmount its numerous problems, among them, inadequate manpower, piracy and other criminal activities in Nigerian waters. John Iwori reports.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was established through the enactment of the NIMASA Act 2007 by the National Assembly. The agency, which is one of the key parasatals of the Federal Ministry of Transport is Nigeria’s apex regulatory authority for the maritime sector. It is the eye of the global maritime watchdog, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in the country.

Nigeria as a member of the United Nations (UN) specialised agency is expected to comply with the international conventions and guidelines in her territorial waters. This is because shipping is a global business that needs to be run in line with international standards and practices.Hence, the establishment of NIMASA was seen as timely and appropriate.

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