The Nigerian Merchant Officers and Water Transport Staff Association signed a collective bargaining agreement with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, with the goal of boosting Nigerian seafarers’ terms and conditions in the maritime sector and tackling unemployment.
Nigeria plans to establish an International Maritime Arbitration Centre in Lagos, in order to enable the timely resolution of disputes within the Gulf of Guinea region. This will in turn significantly decrease the current trend where maritime players in the area head to London, Dubai or Singapore for arbitration on maritime issues.
Court decided that oil rigs operating on Nigerian waters are subject to the provisions of the Cabotage Act. Commenting on the judgement, Mr. Dakuku believes that it marks the beginning of an important opportunity for job, incomes, and economic growth. He also called persons engaged in inland trade to pay their Cabotage fees.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has given his assent to the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Bill of 2019, in an unprecedented move to enhance security on the country’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.
Hadiza Bala Usman, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, welcomed the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency for launching the ‘On Board with Gender Equality’ campaign, in lights of this years Seafarers Day Celebration.
Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, informed journalists that the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, will be leading other dignitaries and stakeholders in the maritime community to campaign and encourage more female participation in seafaring and maritime trade, as the Day of the Seafarers is approaching, June 25.
Dr Dakuku Peterside, Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administration (AAMA), called developed nations and corporate bodies to support Africa and other developing countries, with the goal of building capacity and regulatory enforcement needed to maximize benefits of the ocean economy.
According to the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, Nigerians will be able to lift their country’s crude oil for export immediately the national fleet comes into operation. The new national fleet will be 49% owned by a technical partner and Nigerian investors will hold the 51%.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency announced that it’s committed to assist victims of flood and other natural disasters living in different camps spread across the six geopolitical zones in the country. The Director General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside made this known in Kano while presenting food and other relief materials to the Kano State Government.
According to Nigerian local media, more than 24,000 seafarers who have graduated, in the past 16 years, from the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, MAN, Oron in Akwa Ibom state haven’t been deployed; Thus, unemployment leads them to menial jobs and to illegal seafaring activities. There are accusations that pirate attacks in the area are caused by this category of cadets.
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