The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has dismissed as false, allegations that it has been granting waivers to shipping firms.
Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, gave the clarification during an investigative hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Local Content.
He rebutted as well allegations of preferential treatments for foreign shipping companies in the shipment of petroleum products.
It would be remembered that the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria, SOAN, had earlier petitioned the Senate, asking it to intervene in what it described as “unfavourable treatment and injustice” towards Indigenous shipping companies, which grants undue advantage to their foreign competitors
The lawmakers stressed the need to build local capacities in the industry.