Public Private Partnership, PPP, accord between the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and the Global West Vessel Specialists Limited, GWVSL, approved by the regime of Goodluck Jonathan has entered its third year.
The 10-year arrangement entered into in 2012, and which is still subsisting, mandated the GWVSL, as a vendor to procure vessels and bunkers on behalf of NIMASA on a Supply, Operate and Transfer, SOT, basis; as approved by the Federal Government.
The agency Boss, Haruna Baba Jauro indicated this, while debunking media reports that he was defending the NIMASA-GWVSL Contract, despite perceived government’s reserved disposition to it.
A cross section of the media actually quoted the Acting Director General of defending what they described as ‘Tompolo’s Contract’, during his courtesy visit to the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas on 29th of September 2015. The agency, in a statement issued by the image-maker, Hajia Lami Tumaka has however insisted otherwise.
“It is instructive to note that Mr. Haruna Jauro did not at any point during the said visit, or at any other fora for that matter, defend ‘Tompolo’s maritime security contract’ because there is no such contract in the first place.
“What the DG said and which should be put on record is that “Global West Vessel Specialists Limited has an existing Public Private Partnership, PPP, arrangement with NIMASA wherein the vendor’s mandate involves procuring, bunkering and operating platforms on behalf of NIMASA on a Supply, Operate and Transfer, SOT, basis for a 10 year period as approved by the Federal Government in 2012 and it is presently in its third year.
“According to Mr. Jauro, the vessels, which ownership will revert to NIMASA after the contract period, are manned by officials of NIMASA and personnel of the Nigerian Navy for the enforcement of the Agency’s mandate.
“This is not the same thing with a maritime security contract as many publications have alleged. It is therefore mischievous for anyone to allude that the Director General of NIMASA has defended a maritime security contract being executed by Tompolo on behalf of the Agency.
“The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Ibas also re-echoed this position at the same event when he said “we (Nigerian Navy) provide security, we arm those ships. The Nigerian Navy is fully manning those boats and we still do”, indicated Tumaka, noting that the clarification has become necessary to ensure that Nigerians were not unduly misled.
In the meantime, the Lagos State Government has embarked on an initiative to rid the State of its greatest challenge: traffic gridlock!
Already, the Ministry of Transportation has put together an inter-agency collaborative team to “unlock” traffic gridlock across the metropolis, comprising of officers drawn from LASTMA, KAI, Task Force, VIS and the RRS to commence operations on the Ikorodu road axis covering Ojota, Ketu and Mile 12 in the first instance.
Briefing the team on the importance of the exercise, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Sewedo Oluseyi Whenu said the exercise is to complement the state-wide efforts of the LASTMA management in ensuring that all impediments and hindrances on the road and highway are removed so as to ensure free flow of traffic and reduce the man-hour loss experienced by motorists in the State.
He therefore called on all motorists especially commercial passengers bus drivers to obey all traffic rules and regulations as all traffic offenders would be penalised accordingly, adding that the State Governor would no longer tolerate the impunity and lawlessness being experienced now on the road.

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