The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has inaugurated a committee for the review of activities and operations of the Nigerian ship registration. Addressing journalists in Lagos recently, the director-general of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said that the committee which comprises of experts in the maritime sector is headed by Eng. Emmanuel Ilori. Other members according to the director-general are: Taofiq Adegbite, AJ Musa, Abdusalam S. A, Aminu Umar, Peter Agbaminoja while Nwoko Desmond will be a support staff. Speaking on the terms of reference for the committee, Peterside said they are to examine the status of the Nigerian ship registry in line with international best standards and to ensure that ship registration processes are the same with other global ship registries.
Other terms of reference include: to determine the level of automation of the Nigerian ship registration, to advise management and recommend possible improvement on necessities in the Nigerian ship registration. Also, the committee will access and determine other jurisdiction with more advance ship registry with which NIMASA can establish a relationship. He explained that it was also to ascertain that the ship registration processes were of the same operational expectations with other global ship registries. “The committee will also determine the level of automation of the Nigerian Ship Registration Office; advise and recommend improvements that can be carried out in the ship registration office and assess and determine other jurisdictions with more advanced registries with which NIMASA can establish reciprocal relationship,” he stated.