Sunday 23rd July, 2017
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NIMASA, IMO partner to plug maritime gaps in transport policy

NIMASA, IMO partner to plug maritime gaps in transport policy

Holistic as the Nation­al Transport Policy might be, the Nigeri­an Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMA­SA) says it lacks “common vision, common dream and common guiding document” relevant to the peculiarities of the maritime sub-sector transportation.
 
Therefore, it is partnering with the International Mar­itime Organisation (IMO) to articulate and formulate a National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) to address the gaps.
 
Speaking in Lagos at the beginning of a three-day workshop in that respect, the NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said the agency invited IMO offi­cials to discuss the NTP be­cause it does not capture the whole realities of the nation’s maritime sector.
 
“We have a National Trans­port Policy which captures an idea and the roles of land transportation, pipeline as mode of transportation, rail transportation, water and air transportation,” he said. “But we don’t have a stand-alone document on maritime trans­portation.
 
“With this, the current Na­tional Transport Policy can­not be all-encompassing on the realities in Nigeria’s mari­time transport sub-sector. So, we have identified that there is a gap and sought help from the IMO.
 
“The IMO sent us profes­sionals from the World Mar­itime University to guide us on the process of articulation and formulation of a Nation­al Maritime Transport Policy. What we are here for today (Monday) is the beginning of a workshop that will show how nations can articulate and formulate their own Na­tional Maritime Transport Policy.”
 
Peterside described the NTP as a holistic document on air, land, pipe, rail and wa­ter modes of transport, “but the National Maritime Trans­port Policy will focus only on maritime transportation. So, when you are addressing is­sues concerning safety, you won’t need to be looking at safety on a broad transport position basis.
 
According to him, “the Na­tional Maritime Transport Policy will show you the min­imum acceptable standards of safety in the maritime sector.”
 
He explained that on is­sues of interconnectivity of the maritime sector, there are many things that can­not be captured in the omni­bus NTP document, but the NMTP would capture every­thing needed on interconnec­tivity.
 
“So, whatever gaps have been noticed in the National Transport Policy will be ad­dressed in the National Mar­itime Transport Policy, which will be a sub-set of the big­ger National Transport Poli­cy,” he said.

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