Nigeria, Ghana mull new pact
The Federal Government through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to provide support to the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA).
The areas being considered for the MoU are; regular knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer, capacity building initiatives, and Cabotage implementation/enforcement processes.
The Director General of NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, who disclosed this during a working visit by the GMA to the Agency, said in carrying out its statutory functions, the agency is strengthened by three important Acts namely: the Merchant Shipping Act, the NIMASA Act, and the Cabotage Act.
He also informed that in order for NIMASA to actualise its core mandate, which cuts across shipping development, maritime safety and security, labour services, amongst others, the Agency is currently repositioning and rebranding for greater efficiency, geared towards realising a virile maritime sector in line with global best practices.
“We have taken a number of initiatives to reform, restructure and reposition the organisation; what we have now is not what we have always had, a lot has changed over time and you will get to learn from our own experience the life we lived and still living. Nobody realises his vision overnight, our vision is a work in progress, with a focus on becoming the foremost maritime administration in Africa, advancing Nigeria’s maritime goal,” Peterside stated.
The Director-General, GMA, Kwame Owusu, commended the doggedness of the NIMASA management in repositioning the Nigerian maritime sector, and by extension the entire African continent.
He said: “We are here to strengthen the bilateral relationships that exist between both countries, and to learn international best practices from you.”