NIMASA to automate payment process
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is to automate its operation as part of measures to curtail revenue leakages and enhance its activities.
Addressing representative of Shipping Association of Nigeria (SAN) in his office in Lagos, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said the current practice is being reviewed to ensure greater efficiency.
He also assured the delegation that the Agency will institute more transparent ways of calculating the three percent levy charged on all inbound and outbound cargo.
Peterside said: “We are automating our payment platform in line with our strategic growth plan to ensure greater efficiency in the payment process. The new process will be integrated with similar platforms of sister Agencies in order to correctly ascertain levies chargeable per freight and eliminate the bottlenecks currently being experienced.”
The DG according to a statement informed the delegation that the Agency’s commitment to the elimination of piracy and other criminal activities on the waterways is unwavering, adding that the Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser will soon launch a high capacity satellite system that will assist the military in dealing with maritime crimes.
Peterside urged the shipping companies to support the Agency’s capacity building programme by providing sea time experience for cadets sponsored under the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP).