The Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA hereby assures stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime sector that the on_going investigation over a petition against the Management of the Agency has not affected operations.
Members of staff reported promptly as usual at their duty post and the system is still functioning optimally. Officials from the Maritime Guard Command Unit today continued the patrol of Nigerian territorial waters in the continuous quest to combat armed robbery and piracy on our waters.
Watch keeping operations were also carried out unhindered as Signals from all Vessels on Nigerian territorial waters are effectively monitored at the Regional Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC) located at the Agency’s Resource Development Center.
NIMASA Surveyors also boarded Vessels to carry out Flag State and Port State duties on all ships that arrived Nigerian shores to ensure compliance with the provisions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The Agency also authenticated Certificate of Competencies of Seafarers submitted for verification.
Meanwhile, it is noteworthy that The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Mr. Omatseye was not arrested from his office by the Economic and Financial Commission as reported in some section of the media
Mr. Omatseye honored an invitation from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC), to clarify certain allegations in connection with an investigation linked to the Agency after attending to some pressing official assignments which included receiving in audience, a team from Goa Shipyard limited who were in the country to seek NIMASA‘s support in investing in the Nigerian shipyard industry.
The DG rode in his official car with the pilot car leading the way to the office of the EFCC at Awolowo road, Ikoyi Lagos.
Discussion between The DG NIMASA and Officials of the EFCC are still on_going and The Agency through the Public Relations Unit would provide further updates as the investigation unfolds.