FG inaugurates NIMASA board, seeks completion of sea blue project


The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday inaugurated the board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in Abuja, with a charge to the members to speed up completion of the Deep Blue Project.

Amaechi told the new board members that the Deep Blue Project was critical to maritime security in Nigeria and the entire West and Central Africa region. He said that about 60 per cent of the project’s cost had been paid by the Federal Government. In a statement by the agency’s Head of Corporate Communications,the minister charged the management and board of NIMASA to complete the Deep Blue Project, stressing that the success of NIMASA is, to a great extent, dependent on completion of the project.

In his remarks, Chairman of the Board, Honourable Asita O. Asita, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the honour bestowed on them. Asita pledged to work harmoniously with the NIMASA management to deliver the Agency’s mandate. The board chairman stated: “If we must trade as a country, we need the waterways to be safe.” He said the security of the maritime domain was of utmost importance to the country, adding that NIMASA cannot afford to play with the issues of safety and security.

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