Dr Ade Dosunmu, former Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has said the Agency is not a revenue-generating establishment.
Dosunmu, who disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement in Lagos, was reacting to the call by the Presidential Policy Advisory Group to merge the Agency with the Nigeria Customs Service and Federal Inland Revenue Service.
According to him, the proposed merger is a serious misconception and dangerous for the future of Nigeria’s shipping/maritime industry.
He added that the Establishment Act of NIMASA clearly stated that it is a regulatory agency.
“NIMASA was created in 2007 following the merger of National Maritime Authority (NMA) and Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council (JOMALIC), deriving its powers from the Merchant Shipping Act, 2007, NIMASA Act, 2007 and Coastal and Inland Shipping (cabotage) Act, 2003.
“The Agency is a Maritime Safety Administration responsible for regulating shipping activities in Nigeria to achieve safer shipping and cleaner oceans as mandated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) through its various Conventions and Protocols.
“It is, therefore, my humble position that the emphasis of the government should be on how to strengthen NIMASA to deliver more on its technical mandates and not merge it with Agencies that are incompatible with its philosophy and objectives,” he said.