A timeless exposition of the Nigerian maritime sector

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Critical: Suleiman Haruna Adana

Book: Exploit Nigeria

Maritime assets: ast, present and future

AAugust 28, 2022 marks the fourth anniversary of the launch of the classic book, Harnessing Nigeria’s Maritime Assets: Past, Present and Future written by Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the top shipping regulatory and promotion agency in Nigeria.

As a maritime researcher and scholar, my interests are unsurprisingly accelerated by the prospects of reviewing texts and literature related to my field. Moreover, the author of this book happens to be a former colleague of NIMASA and a friend of mine, who personally autographed my copy of the book. Additionally, the author also introduced me in the book via a photo we took together at an international maritime event that took place in the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja.

But on top of all that, this review becomes especially essential, considering that this book was written and launched while the author was the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of NIMASA.

By providence, fatal or divine, and through hard work, Dr. Jamoh now leads NIMASA as the 16th Chief Executive Officer and is in a unique position to make strategic decisions aimed at achieving the agency’s overall mission.

Written from the perspective of a knowledgeable insider, the text has been widely recognized and reviewed as one that takes the reader on a historical Nigerian maritime excursion, so to speak, from the era of the slave trade, through the colonial years. , and rooted in contemporary realities.

The book, in its flow, provides valuable information needed to achieve the agency’s optimum level of efficiency in its core mandate of maritime administration and security, spilling over even into other sectors like agriculture, metallurgy, tourism, blue economy and marine plastic litter. technology for the benefit of the entire Nigerian economy.

Four years after the launch of this book, and the third year of his first term as Director General of NIMASA, this review now serves as an assessment, of sorts, of the extent to which the views and recommendations put by the author in the book have influenced policy and positive impact on the Nigerian maritime sector and the economy as a whole.

The first chapter of the book begins with an introduction highlighting the role and importance of maritime transport as a key enabler of international trade and with its low cost attribute.

The remaining six chapters of the book highlight the key historical facts that led to the establishment of the modern port system in Nigeria and the identification of Nigeria’s maritime assets.

The book also highlights the institutional and regulatory framework for ensuring good corporate governance, maritime safety, security and surveillance.

The challenges of the Nigerian maritime sector are not only well identified, but a future framework is mapped out in these chapters.

The text ends with conclusions and recommendations based on the analysis for industry decision makers.

Personally, I believe this book provided Dr. Jamoh with a roadmap and vision, with which he is currently leading the maritime industry in Nigeria. Talk about a prep meeting opportunity! According to Bobby Unser, “Success is rarely a matter of luck. It’s more about preparation to get on the path to opportunity.”

Upon taking office as CEO, he anchored his mission on a Marine Safety, Maritime Safety and Navigation Development Tripod, or the Triple “S” – the NIMASA Performance Tripod, designed as the administration compass to chart the course of the agency. Three years after his administration, notable achievements in these three areas can be articulated.

Within the framework of maritime security, the Deep Blue project, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari, is the first integrated maritime security strategy in West and Central Africa, aimed at combating incidents of piracy, theft in sea ​​and other crimes at sea.

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has recognized and applauded the overall reduction in incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea through enhanced maritime security and response coordination.

The second leg of the tripod is maritime security, which takes pride of place in the book. It includes ship standards, crew and working conditions, nautical charts, pollution prevention and control. In this segment, NIMASA has made significant breakthroughs under the leadership of Dr. Jamoh, including wreck removal projects, operational boat relaunch, partnerships with key stakeholders, and the National Marine Plastics Plan. .

Third and last stage of this strategic tripod of the shipping agency, the one that is close to the heart of the author, is Shipping Development. These are the development of shipping and regulatory issues relating to merchant shipping and seafarers, where much has been and remains to be done, particularly in the involvement of indigenous shipping companies in the transport of crude oil and in the favorable implementation of the Coasting Trade Act. In dealing with this third “S”, it is worth mentioning the payment of CVFF to Nigerian shipowners for possible operational support and fleet renewal.

Among several other reforms introduced by Dr. Jamoh and his senior management include the operations of indigenous shipping companies, the commissioning of the NIMASA Knowledge Center e-Library, the revitalization of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Program (NSDP), the Nigeria’s readiness for the blue economy concept and a host of other positive maritime achievements.

In conclusion, Harnessing Nigeria’s Maritime Assets by Dr Jamoh, with credible references and bibliography, is clearly a work of great academic and industrial relevance written by a maritime professional in a powerful, revealing and thought-provoking style. The book will continue to be a reference source of information for government, the maritime industry, academia and the general public.

As we sail into the future with optimism, we look forward to a second edition of the book, which will update some positions with experience gained as a current helmsman of Nigeria’s premier maritime regulatory and promotion agency, the NIMASA.

Adana is the Coordinator, Abuja/Northern States, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping.

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