The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigerian Customs Service have agreed on modalities for seamless and timely delivery of the Deep Blue Project assets currently at the ports.
Director General, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, signed by Mr Edward Osagie, the agency’s Assistant Director, Public Relations.
Jamoh said that the agreement was reached in a meeting between him and Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, retired Col. Hameed Ali, in Abuja.
He appreciated 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 project.
The NIMASA DG 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, “The 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,” he said.
Ali noted that because of the peculiarities of the urgent need of the assets, there was a need to find a common ground that would assist in their full deployment.