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600 Special Forces In Training For  Deep Blue Project – NIMASA

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The Management of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says  over 600 personnel  from security agencies including the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, and Department of State Security, are undergoing training for special skills to ensure effective implementation of the Deep Blue Project.
The Director General of NIMASA,  Bashir Jamoh, disclosed this to the Minister of Transport, Mauzu Jaji Sambo, during a tour of facilities in Lagos.
He also informed the Minister that under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) scheme, over 2,000 Nigerians have undergone training, out of which about 800 are actively engaged on various ships, with a huge number of them working on the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) ships.
NIMASA, the Director General said, is developing a National Ship Building and Infrastructure Development Strategy, aimed at bridging the gap of capacity building for trained seafarers.
Jamoh  noted that the intention is to ensure that the nation’s waterways remain safe from all forms of criminalities.
Other achievements listed includes: Enhanced Maritime Safety administration through effective Ports and Flag states inspection on foreign and Nigerian flagged vessels, as well as enforcement of safety regulations on barges and tug boats through Operation Sting Ray.
There is also reactivation of online seafarers Certificate of Competency verification platform, and commenced activities towards ensuring GHG emission reduction in the maritime sector with an emphasis on achieving 0.5% Sulphur Oxide (SO2) in Bunker fuel oil.
Jamoh thanked the Minister for his dynamic leadership in steering the affairs of the Ministry, assuring that the Agency remains committed to actualising its mandate as stipulated in the four enabling Acts of the National assembly for a robust and attractive maritime sector in Nigeria.
He further used the opportunity to intimate the Minister of some of the activities of the Agency in realising a robust maritime sector which include: obtaining approval for physical and monetary incentives for ship owners to purchase brand new vessels at zero duty, and assisting them get foreign exchange at the Central Bank of Nigeria rate.
Earlier, the Minister, Mauzu Sambo, undertook a tour of the NIMASA Maritime Stakeholders experience Contact Center (MSECC).
The 24 hour Center serves as a platform for both internal and external stakeholders to resolve any issue within the stipulated 24 hours.

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Fuel Price Hike: PH, Bonny Passengers May Pay N4,000 Before Christmas

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Following the increase in petrol pump price in Rivers State to N230 per liter, Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) says passengers travelling to Bonny Island from Port Harcourt may have to pay N4,000 each before Christmas.
The Association said boat operators along Bonny routes are facing difficulties in getting petrol to power their boats to the Island.
BMTA said the petroleum pump price has also forced the prices of spare parts beyond the reach of the poor.
Disclosing this to The In Port Harcourt in a telephone interview, Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kim Dimkpa,  expressed regret that passengers to the Island are passing through difficulties, saying since the petroleum pump price hike, passengers now pay N3,000 to Bonny
He insisted that if the pump price is not checked, the Association would be forced to increase the fair to N4,000 before Christmas.
Dimkpa said in the past when the pump price were N150 per liter, fair to Bonny was N2,000 to ,N2,500 per passenger.
The Safety Officer appealed to relevant government agencies responsible for control of the pump price to come to the aid of the masses in Nigerian by ensuring that the price remains affordable.
“I call on the NNPC, and other relevant agencies for the control of petroleum pump price to assist the masses and reduce the price to N150 per litre to save lives.
“Boat operators, bus drivers and other end users depend daily on the product to survive.
“Our leaders are not helping matters, the masses are dying everyday of economic hardships, the rich are getting richer every day, while the poor masses are dying of hunger and starvation in the midst of plenty”, Dimkpa said.
He appealed to State Governors and other stakeholders in the industry to intervene in reverting to the old pump price of N150 per liter for consumers.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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