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Why Federal Government Is Conducting Verification of NIMASA Projects

Posted: Sep 8, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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When the Federal Ministry of Transport constituted a committee to carry out verification of all projects currently being executed by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA),  many suspected witch hunt of the previous administration.

But the Acting Director General of NIMASA Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro has said the evaluation has become necessary given the limited resources available to the Agency, which requires the prioritisation of projects execution so as to avoid the situation where projects are being abandoned.

The committee which has two weeks within which to conclude its assignment and report to the ministry is expected to visit the project sites of the Nigeria Maritime University, NIMASA Shipyard and Dockyard, NIMASA Science and Technical College and permanent sites of the six Institutes of Maritime Studies in six Nigerian Universities amongst others.

These are projects with potentials to revolutionise Nigeria’s human and technical capacity in the maritime industry, were indigenous participation is highly abysmal, a situation that gave room for almost 80 per cent domination of the industry by foreigners according to 2010 statistics.

Daily Independent had reported that the successful completion of these projects hinged on the outcome of the 2015 Presidential Election because, since former President Jonathan does not return, the new administration may discontinue it due to certain considerations that are largely political.

Indeed, the first step towards stopping the projects, even though considered overpriced, but has potential to enhance economy of Niger Delta, is the constitution of a committee to review the projects.

The committee which has members drawn from the Federal Ministry of Transport, Federal Ministry of Works and the General Services Unit of NIMASA is expected to carry out an evaluation of all projects currently being executed by NIMASA with a view to ascertaining their percentage completion in relation to funds already released.

“We need to set our priorities right as far as project execution is concerned by strategically executing projects even in a phased manner so as to avoid a situation where projects that should have been very beneficial to the development of the maritime industry are abandoned due to poor planning”, the DG said.

Mr. Jauro who lauded the wisdom of the Transport Ministry in including officers from the Federal Ministries of Transport and Works said the development is to make sure that the necessary experts are involved in the process with a view to providing a report that will reflect the correct state of the projects.

Former director general of NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi had appealed to the federal government to exempt the Agency from contributing to the federation account for a period of five years because of the capital intensive nature of its projects estimated at over a billion dollars.