KANO — The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, has said the pressure on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), to make money is misdirected, adding that the agency was a regulatory body rather than a revenue-generating agency.
Ameachi asked that the pressure be directed to the Nigeria Ports Authority as it is their responsibility to generate funds.
He said the mandate of NIMASA was to act as a regulator of maritime safety and security.
Ameachi’s words were documented in a statement issued by Eric Ojiekwe, the ministry’s director of press and public relations.
According to the statement, Amaechi said this at the final session of the 5-day National Council on Transportation (NCT), held in Kano state.
“People put NIMASA under pressure that they must make money; make money for what, NIMASA actually is a regulatory authority, not for them to go and look for money.
“The people that should be making money and they must hear it now is the Nigeria Ports Authority. It is their responsibility to make money.
”NIMASA should therefore focus on being a regulatory authority on issues of safety and security of our waterways,” he said.
The minister also indicated that the federal government will be unwilling to commission the Dala Inland Dry Port project until the concessionaire completes a primary school offering free education to the many out-of-school children in the area.
“I want NSC to note this because that’s the agreement we had with the concessionaire,” he said.
” Shippers’ council can charge whatever you want to charge for the dry port but part of the profit that they make in the dry port will go to the upbringing of those children.
“Transportation is essential to sustainable development as it enables access to employment, business, education, health services and social interactions.
” The prosperity and wellbeing of developing and developed world are inseparably linked to transport,’’ he stated.
He also noted that President Buhari has made issues relating to transportation, one of the topmost priorities of his administration.