Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA generated into the federal government coffers $1.34 billion between 2009 and 2014.
A source at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos said the earnings from 2009 till date said that the agency’s collection rose from about $172.6 million in 2009 to $288.2 million in 2014.
Between 2010 and 2013, the NIMASA made $199.9 million, $214.8 million, $226.6 million and $242.3 million respectively.
The figures further reveal that from January to June this year, the agency has already collected $148 million, making the total of the agency’s collections from 2009 to June 2015 to be $1.49 billion.
The NIMASA has the statutory mandate to collect 3 per cent levy on all international inbound and outbound cargo.
The immediate past management of the agency headed by Dr Patrick Akpobolokemi broke a new revenue frontiers in 2013 when it made Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited, NLNG to pay the 3 per cent statutory levy after over 20 years of evading payment with claims that its vessels do not operate in Nigeria’s cabotage regions.
It also successfully installed a satellite-based maritime domain awareness and surveillance system which makes it possible for mother vessels coming into Nigeria to be seen several nautical miles away. The system has helped the agency track vessels and eliminates levy evasion by vessels coming into the country.
The agency in the last four years recorded many other huge feats in maritime capacity development, training about 2,500 young Nigerians on maritime professions in universities abroad under its National Seafarers Development Programme, NSDP and building a maritime university and a technical college in Delta State as well as establishing maritime institutes in six universities across the country.
In another development, the former Director General, NIMASA, Temisan Omatseye has been elected President, African Ship-owners Association, ASA.
Revered amongst his peers for being vast in maritime matters, Omatseye was elected to pilot the activities of the continent’s shipping terrain, just as the distractions plaguing the nation’s shipping indigenous operators continue a gradual but northwards movement.
Consequently, Omatseye would lead the ASA in the next four years, with the support of Mr Stanley Ahorlu of Ghana who was elected 1st Vice President; and Madam Caroline Masala who was elected 2nd Vice President.
The trio would be assisted by 10 Directors from other African countries.
In his first official assignment, Omatseye, last week led ASA to the African Union, AU heads of state meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where they launched a “Decade of African Maritime Development”.
The event witnessed strategic meetings of all African ship-owners, all heads of Maritime administration, port operators and Heads of States of African countries.
The vision behind the launch was to ensure that the task of developing the shipping industry should no longer be left to each nation, but should be mutually addressed at the continental level; in anticipations of evolving more effective encompassing solutions.
Thus, with the launch on Saturday, July 25, 2015, the African continent is expected to witness major positive changes in its maritime industry.
The Association is committed to the establishment of national and regional shipping lines and providing them with every assistance necessary for their success.
It would also workout measures for the uplifting of the Association of African Maritime Administrations, AAMA, and any regional and sub-regional cooperation organizations in maritime transport, while boosting specialized organizations.
ASA says it strongly believes in the establishment and development of African shipping lines; attracting public and private investment in ships and shipping in general.
It would also work towards the creation of a dedicated fund for the development of the African shipping lines; in addition to making functional, the goals for the establishment of Cabotage, so as to ensure an effective participation of private sector operators.
The establishment of national and regional maritime Cabotage shipping lines was to promote intra-African trade and facilitate the economic and socio-economic integration of the continent.

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