The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and SafetyAgency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has given reasons why the agency entered into a collaboration with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet).
He said it was to provide meteorological services for NIMASA to improve the welfare of seafarers and safety of navigation of vessels in Nigerian territorial waters in line with recommendations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Jamoh said this Tuesday, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with his NiMet counterpart, Prof. Mansur Bako Matazu, where they set out areas of collaboration in weather forecasting and climate research.
In a statement by the Assistant Director, Public Relations, Osagie Edward, it was explained that the MoU was designed as a framework for NiMet to provide meteorological services for NIMASA to improve the welfare of seafarers and safety of navigation of vessels in Nigerian territorial waters.
Jamoh (right) and Bako Matazu displaying copies of the MoU
According to the statement, Jamoh had expressed confidence that the collaborative effort would not only improve safety of navigation in Nigerian waters, but would greatly enhance the confidence of the international community in the Nigerian maritime sector.
“The objective of the MoU between NIMASA and NiMet is to enhance the capacity of both agencies with a view to providing relevant meteorological services to seafarers and ocean going vessels that will allow sustainable development of the marine environment and delivery of products and services to the various sectors related to maritime safety, security, marine environment protection and other maritime activities”.
“It is clear that the collaboration between NIMASA and NiMet will help the maritime sector fill the gaps earlier identified by the International Maritime Organization during its last audit of the country’s maritime space”, Jamoh said.
On his part, the Director-General of NiMet, Prof Bako Matazu, assured that the maritime industry would soon benefit from the partnership in the same way that the aviation sector had been benefiting from his agency’s services.
He added, “Recently, NiMet invested over N720 million in equipment for maritime services. We are fully ready to make our services count in the maritime sector and we are sure that the maritime community globally is proud of this Nigerian initiative”.
With the MoU, NIMASA will undertake to provide the mechanism for the dissemination of marine meteorological information to seafarers; make provision for calibration, consultancy, and certification of instruments and equipment as well as to ensure periodic training of staff engaged in meteorological observation.