The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has warned that the Agency will not tolerate the disregard for Cabotage and Environmental laws by the International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Nigeria.
This is contained in a statement by the Head, Corporate Communications Team of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, on Thursday in Lagos.
According to the statement, Peterside stated this when he held a meeting with representatives of the IOCs in Lagos on ways of fostering a closer synergy toward Nigeria’s economic development.
He said that the era of some of the IOCs carrying out their businesses in violation of Nigeria’s laws especially as regards Cabotage and the Environment was over.
“We will not fold our arms and watch while you do damage to our environment because environmental pollution is life-threatening,’’ The Nigerian Observer quotes the director-general as saying
Peterside also urged the IOCs to be mindful of all existing laws and regulations in the discharge of their duties as applicable sanctions would be meted out to erring companies.
According to him, areas of concern to NIMASA included: the flouting of Cabotage law; negative impact on the environment from oil exploration activities; non- payment of statutory levies due to the government; and inadequate information sharing.
He noted that a situation where the IOCs engaged foreign vessels to do jobs which Nigerian operators had adequate capacity and equipment ,would no longer be tolerated .
Peterside said that this had been a major bane in the development of Nigeria’s shipping industry.
The director-general, therefore, urged the IOCs to give ample notice of vessel requirements so that the agency could engage indigenous operators with capacity to do the job instead of giving it to foreign operators.
Source: Nigerian Observers