The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has introduced a new NIMASA Cabotage Compliance Strategy (NCCS), towards the actualisation of a successful coastal and inland trade regime in line with the full implementation of the Cabotage Act, 2003.
The Director General, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, in a statement said the Agency came up with NCCS to secure jobs for qualified Nigerians in the maritime sector.
He said with the NCCS regime, the Agency shall no longer consider applications for granting of waivers on manning for prescribed categories of officers in vessels engaged in Cabotage trade.
He said: “The era of foreigners taking over jobs that Nigerians are qualified for in the maritime sector is over. The NCCS will point a new direction to our Cabotage regime, as the Agency will no longer consider application for granting of waiver on manning requirements for vessels engaged in coastal trade with regards to 2nd officer, 2nd engineer, 2nd mate down to able seamen, ratings and stewards.”
The NIMASA boss also pointed out that special applications for Captains, Chief Engineers, Chief Officers, First Mate in the absence of qualified Nigerians shall be considered on merit, but on the condition that such organisation will make a plan to train a Nigerian, and put in place a transition plan to ensure that the Nigerian takes over the job within one year.
He said the whole essence of this is to ensure that Nigerians are not deprived of the jobs due them on showing requisite qualifications for the job, while assuring stakeholders that the Agency will continue to work closely with them, adding that NIMASA will continue to support and promote indigenous participation in the Nigerian maritime sector.
He therefore called on all relevant government agencies and International Oil Companies (IOCs), to collaborate with the Agency in order to harness the opportunities available in the nation’s maritime space.