The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has dismissed as false, allegations that it has been granting waivers to shipping firms.
Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, made the clarifications during an investigative hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Local Content.
It also refuted allegations of preferential treatments for foreign shipping companies in the shipment of petroleum products.
Recall that the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) had petitioned the Senate, asking it to intervene in what the association described as “unfavourable treatment and injustice” towards Indigenous shipping companies, which grants undue advantage to their foreign competitors.
The need to build local capacities in the industry was emphasised by the lawmakers