By PEARL NGWAMA
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Customs Service have agreed on modalities for seamless and timely delivery of the Deep Blue Project assets which are at the ports currently.
The agreement was reached in a meeting between the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh and Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd.), in Abuja recently.
According to the CG of Customs, “because of the peculiarities of the urgent need of these assets there is a need to find a common ground that would assist in the full deployment of these assets.”
While appreciating the Comptroller General for the efforts to clear the Deep Blue Project assets still at the ports, Jamoh urged the Customs to share information and capacity with the agency to ensure successful implementation of the Deep Blue Project.
He also raised the issue of the Modular Floating Dock, which he described as a public asset to be managed by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
He said: “ICRC is fully involved in the process to select a management partner for the Modular Floating Dockyard. We urge the Nigerian Customs to see and treat the asset as a national asset that should enjoy some concession in terms of duties.
“When it becomes operational, hundreds of direct jobs will be created and thousands of indirect employment will also be created.
“The meeting took place at the office of the Comptroller General in Abuja.”