NIMASA, Customs Agree Modalities For Quick Evacuation Of Deep Blue Assets
As part of efforts to expedite the clearance of the Deep Blue Project assets still at the ports, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) have agreed on modalities for seamless and timely delivery of the assets for onward deployment.
The agreement was reached in a meeting between the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh and Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (Rtd.), in Abuja yesterday.
According to the Customs boss, “because of the peculiarities of the urgent need of these assets, there is a need to find a common ground that would assist in the full deployment of these assets”
While appreciating the Comptroller General for the efforts to clear the Deep Blue Project assets still at the ports, Dr Jamoh urged the Customs to share information and capacity with the Agency to ensure successful implementation of the Deep Blue Project.
The NIMASA boss also raised the issue of the Modular Floating Dock, which he described as a public asset to be managed by the ICRC.
He said, “The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) is fully involved in the process to select a management partner for the Modular Floating Dockyard. We urge the Nigerian Customs to see and treat the asset as a national asset that should enjoy some concession in terms of duties.”
When it becomes operational, hundred of direct jobs will be created and thousands of indirect employment will also be created.
According to the press release signed by Mr. Osagie Edward, Assistant Director, Public Relations at NIMASA; the meeting took place at the office of the Comptroller General in Abuja.