Wednesday, October 20, 2021

NIMASA, Customs Agree On Delivery Method For Deep Blue Project Assets

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The Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (third from left) and the director-general, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh flanked by senior officials of both agencies when the latter paid a courtesy call on the comptroller in his office in Abuja.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) have agreed on a uniform method for fast and timely delivery of the Deep Blue Project assets currently at the ports.

The director-general of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh and Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.)  unanimously reached this agreement when Jamoh paid a courtesy visit to Ali’s office in Abuja.

While appreciating the customs’ boss for his efforts so far, Jamoh called for sharing of information with the agency for successful implementation of the Deep Blue Project assets at the ports.

The NIMASA boss 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).

“The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission is fully involved in the process to select a management partner for the Modular Floating Dockyard. We urge the Customs Service to see and treat the asset as a national one worthy of some concessions in terms of duties.

“When it becomes operational, hundreds of direct jobs will be created and thousands of indirect ones will also be created,” he added.

In his response, Ali stressed the need for a common ground for full deployment of the Deep Blue Project assets, since they are needed urgently.

Oluchi Okorafor
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