By Udeme Clement
THE maritime sector of the economy is poised for greater growth this year, as Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has introduced new NIMASA Cabotage Compliance Strategy (NCCS), in a bid to actualise successful coastal and inland trade regime.
The Director General of the agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, made this known, explaining that the agency came up with NCCS, in order to secure jobs for qualified Nigerians in the maritime sector.
He stressed that with the NCCS regime, the agency will no longer consider applications for grant of waiver on manning for prescribed categories of officers in vessels engaged in Cabotage trade.
“The era of foreigners taking over jobs that Nigerians are qualified for in the maritime sector is over. The NCCS will point a new direction to our Cabotage regime as we will no longer consider applications for grant of waiver on manning requirements for vessels engaged in coastal trade with regards to 2nd officer, 2nd engineer, 2nd mate down to able seamen, ratings and stewards.
Special applications for Captains, Chief Engineers, Chief Officers, First Mate in the absence of qualified Nigerians shall be considered on merit, but on the condition that such organisations will make a plan to train a Nigerian and put in place a transition plan to ensure that a Nigerian takes over the job within one year. The essence of this initiative is to ensure that Nigerians are not deprived of jobs they can do, by showing requisite qualifications for such jobs. We must continue to support and promote indigenous participation in Nigerian maritime sector”, he enthused.