07 March 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — THE Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, yesterday set up a committee to simplify the process of ship registration in Nigeria.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, NIMASA’s Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said that the committee will review ship registration in Nigeria and redefine the process to ensure conformity to global standards.
Chairman of the committee, Emmanuel Ilori, who spoke with, shortly after the committee’s inaugural meeting in Lagos expressed readiness to ease the process of ship registration to make it more business-friendly for ship owners.
He said, “Our aim is to ensure that Nigerian ship registry is business friendly both from the ship owner’s perspective and to establish financial confidence to enable people to register their ships in Nigeria registry.
“We seek to ensure that the technical integrity of Nigeria’s ship registry is enhanced to enable the technical growth of the industry and to ensure that Nigeria registry has global acceptability.”
Ilori assured that the committee will regularly interact with relevant stakeholders to aggregate their inputs.
He said the committee is expected to submit an interim report on its findings and recommendations to NIMASA in the next three months.