The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), says it was able to contribute N37.692 billion to the federation account in 2021 as compared with N31.840 billion it paid within the same period in 2020.
According to the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, who made this known while briefing media men on Friday in Lagos explained that the mount is part of the money that the Agency collected from registered merchant vessels plying the country’s water.
Jamoh said: “The Agency’s target is to attain more than N37billion in 2022. We believe the N37 billion generated is not our own milestone, we are working hard to ensure we get to the promised land.
The NIMASA boss also disclosed the Marine Accident Investigation Unit of the agency investigated 12 accidents as compared with 18 in 2020.
According to him, the decline in the number of accidents on the nation’s waterways was a result of strict monitoring of the activities of ships coming to do business in the country
The NIMASA DG put the number of vessels that the agency surveyed in 2021 at 489, which is 43.6 per cent higher than the total number of condition surveys carried out in 2020 which was 276.
He raised concerns over the number of failures recorded among Nigerian seafarers who sat for Certificate of Competency examinations.