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NIMASA AND NIMET INITIATES JOINT EFFORT TO CLOSE GAPS IDENTIFIED BY IMO

Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) have initiated joint efforts to close gaps identified by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) during its last mandatory audit of the country’s maritime industry.

This was disclosed when the Director-General of NiMet, Professor Mansur Bako Matazu, paid a courtesy call on the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, at the Agency’s headquarters in Lagos.

Auditors from IMO had in 2016 conducted a mandatory audit of Nigeria’s maritime industry to, among other things, ascertain compliance level with IMO’s maritime security and efficiency protocols on the country’s waters.

During the NiMet Director General’s visit, both agencies agreed to immediately set up a working committee to develop an action plan and implement a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the provision of the things recognized as missing from the maritime sector.

Dr. Jamoh stated, that IMO had during the audit of the Nigerian Maritime Administration some years ago identified some gaps, which need to be closed with effective collaboration among critical stakeholders.

He said Cooperation between NIMASA and NiMet is vital for the documentation and filling of the gaps.

He also stated that a platform for action has been established and various strategies for the achievement of the set goals have been devised.

On his part, professor Matazu said, NiMet desires to provide services to aid the movement of vessels on Nigerian waters.

He added that With climate change and its increasing intensity, this is the time for collaboration while noting that NiMet weather forecasts are over 95 percent inaccurate.

The IMO Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) commenced as a voluntary Scheme in 2006 and became a treaty obligation in January 2016.

It aims to promote the consistent and effective implementation of applicable IMO instruments and to assist the Member States to improve their capabilities while contributing to the enhancement of global and individual Member State’s overall performance in compliance with the requirements of the instruments to which it is a Party.

ZARAH MANTU MOHAMMED

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