The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), according to Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, was established as a regulator of maritime safety and security on the country’s coastal waters, not to earn revenue.
The minister, who made the announcement at the completion of the 5-day National Council on Transportation (NCT) event in Kano State over the weekend, said the NPA, not NIMASA, should generate revenue for the government.
The minister insisted that producing revenue is not established in the agency’s founding Act and that the body should instead focus on becoming a regulatory authority on issues concerning the nation’s water supply.
“People put NIMASA under pressure that they must make money, make money for what? the minister remarked. “The agency that should be making money and they must hear it now is NPA. It is their responsibility to make money.” He, therefore, enjoined the agency to “focus on being a regulatory authority on issues of safety and security of our waterways”, he said.
Due to the economic crisis and the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, the NCT has been unable to assemble for the past three years. However, the minister noted that crucial transportation choices will be discussed at the summit.
“Transportation is essential to sustainable development as it enables access to employment, business, education, health services and social interactions. The prosperity and well-being of the developing and developed world are inseparably linked to transport as such, President Muhammadu Buhari has made issues relating to transportation as top priorities of his administration”, he said.
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The minister stated that the federal government will not commission the Dala Inland Dry Port unless he sees a completed primary school that will provide free education to the area’s numerous out-of-school children.