Minister of Transport Amaechi threatens to scrap NIMASA

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has threatened that the Federal
government will scrap the Nigerian Maritime and Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA) if the parastatal does not sit up and fulfill
their obligations. Amaechi said this while appearing before the senate
committee on Maritime yesterday January 19th. He alleged that the
parastatal outsourced their responsibility to former Niger Delta
militant leader Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo.

Amaechi said this administration is contemplating on
scrapping the Nigerian Maritime University started by the last

“I don’t think we are proceeding with the university being proposed by
NIMASA because it is a waste of resources, and unfortunately a lot of
money had already been released for the university project hence there
is no structure on ground but just the feasibility study. The Chinese
company contracted, confirmed that only the feasibility study was in
place. We are not going ahead with the university project proposed by
NIMASA because we have an institution in Oron, we have Nigeria Institute
of Transport Technology, Zaria, and we have the Nigerian College of
Aviation in Zaria which we could upgrade to a University status and
NIMASA is proposing to build a new one. Currently, the way NIMASA is, it
looks as if it was established just for the purpose of collecting money
and nothing more. If NIMASA failed to perform its core responsibility,
then it has no business existing. If it is just to collect money from
individuals, anybody can do that. We can hire a tax collector to collect
money from maritime operators on behalf of federal ministry of
transport. It is either NIMASA sit up and carry out its own
responsibility or we come to the national assembly to repeal the act
setting it up.”he said


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