NIMASA Plans to Review, Sign Improved MOU with Navy- DG

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Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola (left) receiving a souvenir from the Chief of the Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla during a courtesy visit by the CNS at the NIMASA headquarters on Victoria Island, Lagos.

… As Dr Mobereola Receives Chief of Naval Staff

L-R: Executive Director Operations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Taiye Adeyemi; Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Bala Hassan; Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola; Chief of the Naval Staff, CNS, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla; Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NIMASA, Chudi Offodile and Director Naval Intelligence, Rear Admiral Patrick Effah during a courtesy visit by the CNS at the NIMASA headquarters on Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is exploring the possibility of reviewing the  existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between it and the Nigerian Navy.

The NIMASA Director General , Dr Dayo Mobereola stated this on Monday , when  the Chief of the Naval Staff(CNS) , Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla paid a working visit to the Agency , in continuation of efforts to deepen the co-operation between the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA, to achieve sustainable security in the Nigerian maritime domain.

Mobereola also assured the CNS that the Agency would look into more areas of partnership with the Navy,   assuring  the Navy of the continuous support of the Agency, for  the overall benefit of the country.

The NIMASA DG acknowledged the role the Nigerian Navy has played over the years in supporting NIMASA to implement her mandates.“Your visit today personally to NIMASA is a confirmation of your commitment to the NIMASA/Nigerian Navy collaboration. I must acknowledge the role of the Nigerian Navy in the NIMASA journey so far. Nigeria’s attainment of zero piracy report in recent times is a result of the support of the Navy. Security is key to unlocking the nation’s maritime potentials, as a well-secured maritime domain will be a catalyst to attract foreign investment into Nigeria. On the MoU, we are with you in reviewing it and making it more effective taking into consideration the reality on ground. We want to sustain our zero piracy status”, the NIMASA DG said.

The NIMASA boss also hailed the recent addition of 20 nautical miles to Nigeria’s Exclusive Economic zone, stating that it calls for more responsibility for both the Navy and the Agency.

Speaking during the visit, Vice Admiral Ogalla acknowledged efforts of the Agency in implementing both national and international regulatory instruments to improve safety and security in the maritime domain, adding that the Nigerian Navy under his leadership is committed to supporting NIMASA to succeed.

“I want to appreciate NIMASA for the collaboration with the Nigerian Navy which is to achieve a common goal of better securing the Nigerian maritime domain, thus promoting an enabling environment for business to thrive with a multiplier effect of improved contributions to the Gross Domestic Product from the maritime industry.

‘’Our role as prescribed by the Armed Forces Act is for the Navy to coordinate the enforcement of all marital laws associated with Nigeria. We will support you at NIMASA to succeed”, he said.

The Chief of the Naval Staff also commended the Agency’s implantation of the Cabotage Act and the C4i center of the Deep Blue Project.

“I acknowledge the efforts of NIMASA in the implementation of the Cabotage Law for the benefit of indigenous players in the industry. We will also improve our support so the Cabotage regime can succeed. The NIMASA C4i center, which is a maritime domain awareness facility, is useful to the Nigerian Armed Forces including the Nigerian Police. I will visit the facility today and our focus is better cooperation and information sharing”, according to him.