17 January 2017, Lagos — THE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has commenced moves to review its wrecks removal function with a view to enhancing the process.
Disclosing this at a forum of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday, NIMASA’s Director-General Mr. Dakuku Peterside said the agency will revisit the procedure of wreck removal from Nigerian waterways.
Peterside also said the review of the wreck removal process became inevitable, in order to enhance the efficiency of the process.
He “NIMASA is working under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transportation to review wreck removal process in order to make Nigerian navigable waters safer for navigation by all. “Once we get the consent of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, we will put out Marine Notice to that effect.”
The agency noted that the Nairobi convention provides for the process via which a ship can be declared a wreck adding that the agency had been following the law diligently.
He explained that the menace of the wreck on Nigerian waterways is a challenge inherited by the current administration at NIMASA adding that the implementation of the reviewed process will serve as a catalyst to boost wreck removal from Nigerian waterways.