Navy warns against security role for NIMASA

the Nigerian Navy has sounded the alarm about potential conflict over the planned expansion of the mandate of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to include maritime security. He said that NIMASA should limit its mandate to waterway security and management and not get involved in maritime security. Nigerian Navy Chief of Training and Operations Solomon Agada said this during the public hearing on some maritime bills, organized by the House Committee on Maritime Safety. The bills are: Merchant Marine (Repeal and Enactment) Bill 2021 (HB.1602) and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (Repeal and Enactment) Bill 2021 (HB.1476) ) Others are the Coastal and Inland Transport (Cabotage) (Amendment) Bill 2020 (HB.77 8), the Nigerian Maritime Development Bank (Establishment) Bill (202?) (HB.531) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Act (Amendment) Bill 2021 (HB. 1471). In his presentation, Mr. Agada said security should be removed from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency Bill (Amendment) Bill 2021, allowing the agency to focus on security. “Over time, the Nigerian Navy noted that NIMASA has a strong provision in its Act to expand its mandate beyond maritime administration and security to the realm of maritime security. This conflicting trend also exists in Bill 2021. It is in this context that the Nigerian Navy makes these observations: “The word security was used without conceptual clarification. It is essential that in the preamble of the bill and subsequent articles the word security be replaced by administration. ALSO READ: FG gets into NIMASA, the maritime academy ‘misunderstanding’ about remittances “This is necessary to ensure that NIMASA focuses on the core mandate of the safety regulatory agency to avoid conflicting with the Nigerian Navy’s constitutional responsibility for the nation’s maritime safety,” Mr. Agada said. Declaring the hearing open, the president of the Chamber, Femi Gbajabiamila, warned against excessive regulation of the maritime sector. “I have long believed and expressed that the primary role of government when it comes to private industry is to facilitate the conditions that allow private capital to flourish through investment and innovation. “In playing this role, we need to be careful about over-regulation. We must be careful not to over-regulate in a way that becomes hostile to our goals of promoting the growth and prosperity of the industry,” he said. Earlier, committee chair Linda Ikpeazu said the hearing was to deliberate critical maritime bills referred to committee by the House on the floor. “Not only are we focused on making the maritime sector a key alternative source of revenue and economic growth for our increasingly scarce oil resources, we are also poised to develop a thriving blue economy for our nation, similar to similar successes in other maritime nations around the world. of the world. world.” Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Navy warns against security role for NIMASA