By Innocent Anaba
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has urged the Nigerian judicial system to ensure efficiency and timeliness in the dispensation of justice in maritime-related cases, as it will boost stakeholders and investors’ confidence in the system.
The DG who stated this on Monday during the 8th Strategic Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges organised by NIMASA in conjunction with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS, in Lagos.
He reiterated the fact that the maritime sector in Nigeria has a lot of opportunities to become an economic driver and this can be fully actualized when the various arms of government work together collaboratively.
He said: “Timeliness in justice dispensation is very key to realising the potentials in the maritime sector so that investors’ can trust our judicial process. The more time taken on a case, the more investment opportunities are lost.
“I therefore, wish to use this opportunity to appeal to our judges to facilitate timely resolution of disputes for maritime cases as we all have one role or the other to play in catalysing the Nigerian economy.”
He further disclosed that the agency has already ratified 40 conventions of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, and International Labour Organisation, ILO, on maritime safety, maritime labour and marine environment management, domesticating 19 of these conventions either by adoption, regulations or by incorporation under the Merchant Shipping Act, 2007.
Speaking further, he stated that the agency was working closely with the Federal Ministry of Transportation under the auspices of an Inter-Ministerial Committee to ratify an additional six IMO conventions before the end of 2019 to ensure that Nigeria as an IMO member state fulfils its treaty obligation.
These conventions, he said, include the Hong Kong International Convention for safe and environmentally-sound recycling of ships 2009; Protocol Relating to Intervention on the high seas in cases of oil pollution casualties (Intervention Protocol) 1973; 1996 Protocol on limitation of liability for maritime claims, LLMC, among others.