NIMASA PledgesTo Implement Cabotage Act


The Director-General, Ni
gerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has said that the agency is determined to ensure that the Cabotage Act is implemented to the letter.
This is contained in a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications Team of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, on Monday in Lagos.
The Tide source reports that the Cabotage Act is also known as the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act 2003..
According to the statement, the director-general said this when he received the leadership of the Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association led by the National President, Mr Matthew Alalade at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos.
Peterside said that proper regulation of the Cabotage Act was instrumental to the development of the maritime sector, adding that Nigerians must always be encouraged to be key players in the sector.
He said that the issue of abuse of waivers would be checked.
“We have not realised the full potential of the Cabotage Act but we have moved a step ahead.
“Just to be sure that we are committed to the full implementation of the Cabotage Act, issues relating to waiver abuse are currently being dealt with accordingly,’’ the director-general said. Peterside also said that the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) would only be disbursed to people that would put it into the use for which it is intended.