By Innocent Orok

The pioneer Chairman, Board of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Alhaji ( Dr) Ahmed Tijjani Ramalan has highlighted key talking points to set agenda for the new NIMASA Director General, Dr Dayo Mobereola.

Alhaji Ramalan who is currently the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of National Seafarers Welfare Board of Nigeria made the points on Thursday, during a Maritime Stakeholders Group interactive session with the NIMASA DG in Lagos State.

He champion the Establishment of a National Shipping Line/National Carrier for Trading of Crude Oil and Refined Products, among other milestones performance expected from the new DG.

Ramalan talking points are as follows:

“As a former Chairman of the Board of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), I wish to advise on a strategic initiative aimed at enhancing Nigeria’s maritime sector and bolstering our national economy.

1. Inter-Agency/Inter-Ministerial Collaboration:
DG you are a Deep thinker therefore I recommend the establishment of an inter-agency/inter-ministerial committee between the Ministry for Petroleum Resources and the Ministry for Marine and Blue Economy. This committee will be tasked with developing a framework and mechanism for the carriage of our cargo, particularly Crude oil, that prioritizes the training and development of Nigerian sailors, Dockworkers and Port Workers in our Ports and Loading Terminals

2. Integration with the Marine and Blue Economy: It is imperative for the marine and blue economy sectors to integrate with the national carrier. This synergy will amplify the economic benefits and opportunities within these sectors, fostering sustainable growth and development.

3. Collaboration with Dangote Group other local refinery owners, Indigenous Shipowners: I suggest exploring the possibility of bringing the critical Nigerian Stakeholders in Maritime oil and Gas Shipping on board as a strategic partners in the establishment of the national shipping fleet/national carrier. Their expertise and resources can significantly contribute to the success and viability of this initiative as part of the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Tinubu

4. Government Facilitation and Support: The government should actively facilitate and support the establishment of the national carrier, including providing necessary regulatory frameworks, incentives, and financial backing. Additionally, the government should consider the handover of certain assets or resources to expedite the process.

5. Maritime Labor Convention (MLC) Compliance: Given my background in maritime labour and compliance with international standards, I emphasize the importance of adhering to the Maritime Labour Conventions (MLC) in all aspects of the national carrier’s operations. This will ensure the welfare and rights of seafarers are protected.

6. National Seafarers Development Program (NSDP): The establishment of a national shipping line/national carrier presents a prime opportunity to further the objectives of the National Seafarers Development Program (NSDP). The recruitment, training, and employment of Nigerian cadets should be prioritized to cultivate a skilled and competent workforce.

7. Acquisition of Training Vessel: To facilitate training and sea-time provision for cadets, I propose the acquisition of a dedicated training vessel. This vessel can serve dual purposes, supporting local trading activities while also providing essential training opportunities for aspiring seafarers.

In conclusion, the establishment of a national shipping line/national carrier holds immense potential for Nigeria’s maritime sector and broader economic landscape.

I urge NIMASA to champion and spearhead efforts in collaboration with relevant stakeholders to realize this vision, thereby positioning Nigeria as a leading maritime nation in the region.

Thank you for your attention

I am available to provide further insights and assistance as may needed.

Alhaji (Dr.) Tijjani RAMALAN
Former Executive Chairman JOMALIC
Former Chairman NIMASA

-Current Chairman National Seaferers Welfare Board of Nigeria BOT.”


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