…We will abide by judgment — NLNG
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has hailed the Appeal Court judgment in the case between the Agency and the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, Limited over levies payable to the maritime regulator, saying it has reaffirmed confidence in the judiciary.
The Court of Appeal in Lagos on Friday set aside an earlier judgment of the Federal High Court, Lagos, which had exempted NLNG from the levies, on the grounds that NIMASA was not given fair hearing at the lower court.
Justice Mohammed Garba, who delivered the judgment, ordered that the case be sent back to the high court for fresh trial under a different judge.
Reacting to the ruling, Dakuku said NIMASA remained law abiding and will continue to work closely with the judiciary in matters that need clarity and interpretation.
He said, “This judgement has further shown that the judiciary is unbiased and remains a beacon of hope for Nigerians. On our part as a responsible government Agency, we will continue to work closely with the judiciary and other stakeholders to ensure that we realise our mandate of creating a robust maritime sector in line with best global practices.
“NIMASA and NLNG are neither foes nor competitors. We are corporate cousins working together for the common good of our great country. Judgements like this only serve to strengthen our institutions and ensure greater bonding.”
Also reacting to the judgment, NLNG Manager, Corporate Communication & Public Affairs, Andy Odeh, said “NLNG as a good and responsible corporate citizen remains committed to conducting its business in accordance with the Nigerian laws, and to abide with all applicable laws including those that confer exemptions on and grant fiscal incentives to businesses, as a way of sustaining their operations and growing the economy.”
“NLNG also reasonably expects that all persons, institutions, agencies and authorities in the country would equally be subject to these laws. The company has contributed – and continues to contribute – significantly to the development of its host communities in particular and the nation in general, in line with its corporate vision of helping to build a better Nigeria.”