By AKOMA CHINWEOKE
The Senate Ad-Hoc Committee investigating the Transport sector from 1999Â has commendedÂ the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, for providing facility that enables the Agency monitor all vessels on Nigerian waters.
The Committee Chairman,Â Senator Heinneken Lokpobiri who spoke on behalf of the Committee after carrying out a detailed inspection of the agencyâ€™s facilities in Lagos, expressed satisfaction at the level of achievement of the agency.
Senator Lokpobiri noted that their visit to NIMASA and other Parastatals under the Ministry of Transport became inevitable after the Public Hearing the Committee organized recently.
â€œWe are quite pleased with what we have seen today; especially the facility that enables the agency monitor all vessels on Nigerian waters. The partnership between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy is quite encouraging. We are also happy with Long Range Identification Tracking (LRIT) devise, the American Government gave NIMASA.â€ He said.
He described the maritime sector as essential in attaining sustainable growth and development, Senator Lokpobiri noted that no nation can prosper economically without a viable transport sector. He also stated that their visit to NIMASA has enhanced their knowledge of the maritime sector adding that it will enable them formulate appropriate policies for the industry.
The director general of NIMASA Mr. Temisan Omatseye , however expressed the agencyâ€™s appreciation to the lawmakers for their support to theÂ sector and urged them not to relent on their efforts to make Nigeria, the hub of maritime activities in the region through favorable policy formulation.
Facilities inspected by the Senate Committee were the Agencyâ€™s Corporate Head office, the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Center (RMRCC), and the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Center (NMRDC).
The Committee also visited other Parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Transport during their working tour of Lagos.
Meanwhile, the agency has recorded another landmark success in itâ€™s rescuing effort Arcturus number 3 became the first Vessel to be salvaged by , NIMASA at the Takwa Bay Beach in Lagos; The ship was among those washed ashore by strong tidal waves in the early hours of February 14.