The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has assured the National Association of Stevedoring Companies (NASC) of protection.
Peterside gave the assurance while receiving members of the National Association of Stevedoring Companies led by the President, Mr. Bolaji Sunmola, at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos.
The DG warned that NIMASA will not abdicate its regulatory responsibility as they concern the operations of stevedoring companies and how they relate with terminal and jetty operators, insisting that the latter lack the powers to eject stevedoring companies approved by the government to operate in their facilities.
The NIMASA boss clarified: “It is NIMASA’s responsibility to oversight Stevedoring functions in our ports,terminals and jetties and we will not abdicate that function to anybody. In the exercise of this function, we willinterphase with terminal operators and the National Association of Stevedoring Companies to make sure maritime operations are not hampered.”
Peterside also explained that the agency was in the know of the challenges facing stevedoring companies and the terminal operators, noting that NIMASA will consult further with all parties to ensure that there is an amicable resolution of the issues.
He highlighted the importance of stevedoring companies to include facilitating economic growth, ensuring industrial harmony and also serving as a security shield in the ports, even as he assured the delegation of the agency’s commitment to develop human capacity saying that “the Management of NIMASA has approved a comprehensive stevedoring guideline sensitization which would soon commence”.