The International Maritime Organisation member states Audit Scheme (IMSAS) has lauded the expertise, competence and commitment of personnel at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
This was contained in an interim report submitted after its week long audit of the Nigerian maritime sector.
The agency however called on Maritime stakeholders especially NIMASA to develop and formalize a long term strategy for the implementation of IMO instruments in the country.
Captain Cahit who noted that the interim report has 11 findings and one observation emphasized the need for the Agency to respond within 90 days, to the findings and highlight the strategies being developed to remedy the gaps identified.
He also highlighted positive strides Nigerian maritime sector is making.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has promised the IMSAS team that the Agency together with other stakeholders are committed to the implementation of relevant IMO instruments for the overall development of the Nigerian maritime industry.
“With the active support of the Honourable Minister of Transportation and the leadership of the Agency which is forward looking, focused and determined, Nigeria will certainly regain its lost glory in the comity of maritime nations. NIMASA will immediately settle down to work to address these findings”, the DG said.