Maritime Expert Calls for Decentralisation of NIMASA

Maritime legal expert and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Olisa Agbakoba has advocated for a prompt decentralization of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for the purposes of effective management and discharge of security and sundry national duties.

Agbakoba stated that the Federal Government needs to review the law establishing the agency ,saying that it is best practices to decentralize the maritime administration and safety agency as at present constituted in order to make the agency more manageable and efficient.

 He added that issues of insecurity and crude oil theft can also be tackled more decisively if Nigeria comes up with a clear-cut national maritime policy.

He explained further that the issues of corruption and security lapses noticed in parts of the agency’s mandate is because the institution is too condensed and require dedicated administration for efficient service delivery, saying that this is the standard all over the world.


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