Transportation, Rotimi
Ameachi has explained that
the federal government is not
satisfied with the performance
of the Nigeria Maritime
Administration and Safety
Agency as well as seaports
across the country.
According to Amaechi,
NIMASA and the seaports
can be more efficient, and the
government is working to put
them in shape. The minister
spoke in Abuja while playing
host to the Executive Committee
of the Association of Marine
Engineers and Surveyors
“We are committed to moving
the maritime sector forward.
I don’t feel happy seeing the
seaports the way they are; I am
not happy seeing NIMASA the
way it is; I am not happy with
the problem of insecurity in
our waterways; and I believe
that working together, we
can resolve some of these
challenges,” Amaechi said. He
also expressed willingness to
work with relevant experts in
the industry to reposition the
sector for greater prosperity.
In his address, the President,

AMES, Mr. Charles Uwadia,
said the visit was to draw the
minister’s attention to some of the
anomalies in the sector and seek
possible ways of partnership to
correct the ills.
He stated that Nigeria’s
maritime sector was about 50
years behind those of other
nations, adding that concerted
efforts must be made for the
sector to develop. Uwadia said,
“We believe the present lapses
in the maritime sector are lack
of in-depth technical input into
the maritime policies and their
implementation in line with
international best practices and
“The decline in standard,
quality and profitability of the
ships of Nigerian flag can be
traced to their poor technical
standards occasioned by the
owners’ reluctance to comply
with national and international
standards and regulations. It is
AMES’ opinion that there is the
need for a holistic review of the
Nigerian maritime industry’s

uman capacity development.
“We are willing to partner
with the ministry to move the
industry forward