An Ijaw group, Gbaramatu Rebirth Initiative (GRI), says the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has clear mandate to establish and fund a maritime institution such as the Nigerian Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko, that it conceived.
Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside had recently said the Agency before him veered off its mandate in establishing the NMU, Okerenkoko, adding that NIMASA would not fund the institution.
But, in a statement by Comrades Moses Yabrade and Godswill Doubra Wuruyai, Coordinator and Secretary respectively, the GRI said, “The NIMASA Act 2007 in S.22 (2)(e) clearly states that one of the body’s functions is to establish and manage maritime institutions for the training of the officers of the Agency”. The body stressed that the NIMASA Act anticipated more institutions aside the National Maritime Academy, Oron.
“We again read in S.23 (1): “ In addition to any other powers conferred on it by this or any Act, the Agency (NIMASA) has, subject to this Act, power to do all things necessary for, or incidental to or in connection with the performance of its functions”, the GRI revealed.
On the funding of NMU, Okerenkoko, the GRI said NMU, Okerenkoko, can benefit from the “Maritime Fund” referred to in S. 17 (1-2) meant for “furthering the objectives and functions of NIMASA” which includes the NMU it conceived.
The GRI said it was doubtful if the present NIMASA boss, Dr. Peterside would realize the full dreams of the Agency, given his “crass ignorance of the enabling Act of the Agency”.
“With the Senate’s positive moves initiated by Senator James Manager, it is shocking that those who wanted the university to ‘die’ are laying another landmine on its path by resolving ahead to deprive it of needed funds”, the GRI noted, adding: “We urge Dr. Dakuku Peterside to be ingenious in moving the nation’s maritime industry forward, especially in revving up NIMASA’s revenue generating capacity for the nation, rather than detract from it”.