$5bn debt: NIMASA appoints consultant to shore up revenue

*NIMASA.

07 October 2016, Lagos — The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has appointed Snecou Financial Services Company Limited to assist in its revenue generation.

NIMASA, in a statement, said the move is in a bid to shore up its revenue amidst the huge debt it is being owed.

The debt, according to sources in NIMASA, is in the region of $5 billion while many players in the maritime sector believe several operators owe the agency about $15 billion.

The agency said the contract, which also has the company serving as a recovery agent for debts owed the agency is for a period of two years in the first instance with an option for renewal.
It added that the approval for this contract was recently granted by the Tenders Board (PTB) of the agency at its 55thsession which held in the Agency’s head office in Lagos.

“Given the urgent need to recover the agency’s debts which is in billions of naira, the agency sought and obtained approval for a “Certificate of No Objection” from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) in line with the Public Procurement Act (PPA), “it stated.

“According to the contractual agreement already endorsed by both parties, the contract is based on a success rate of 13 per cent using a benchmark of $19,753,012.36 and N239,607,155.52 monthly revenue while a maximum cap of 15 per cent success rate is payable on any new revenue head discovered by the consultants within the contract period.

“In other words, Snecou Financial Services Company Limited will be paid 13 per cent of only the revenue that is above the threshold of the approved benchmark in the course of the contracting period. Similarly, Messrs. Snecou will also be entitled to a maximum of 15 per cent of new revenue streams discovered during the period, “ the agency said.

This, NIMASA said, is in line with the vision of the Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, “which is in accordance with the agency’s Medium Term Strategic Growth Plan, part of which is to enhance the Agency’s revenue.”

Commenting on the development, Peterside said: “We have awarded a debt recovery contract which is totally different from what Global West was doing for NIMASA. The contract was not awarded to the Chairman of the APC in Rivers State. It was awarded to Snecou Nigeria Limited and we advertised the contract in several newspapers. So I don’t see what is wrong with awarding a contract to get our money from debtors.”

Peterside also noted that the agency’s debt is around $4 billion to $5 billion, which has necessitated an urgent need to recover them in order to develop requisite infrastructure for the maritime industry.

“Debts owed NIMASA by various operators in the maritime industry had grown exponentially over the last five years even necessitating an investigation and convocation of a Public Hearing by the House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration in June this year. This contract is expected to recover these debts and channel the funds into developing critical infrastructure as well as knowledgeable manpower for the industry,” he added.

*Eromosele Abiodun – Thisday

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