The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) Nigeria has deepened its partnership with Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as part of efforts to improve the nation’s maritime sector.
ICS Nigerian Chairman, Dr. Chris Ebare led the group’s executives for courtesy visits to the NPA and NIMASA headquarters recently where both agencies pledged support.
At NPA, the group was charged to improve its advocacy in a bid to get the best shipping standards in the country.
The Managing Director of NPA, Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko who gave the advice, noted that ICS are known for advocacy leading to worthwhile accomplishments in maritime across several nations.
Bello-Koko also expressed willingness to partner the Institute for trainings, noting that the group had the expertise and curriculum to aptly train NPA members of staff.
Meanwhile, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh encouraged the group to play a role in advocating for the removal of the war risk toga on Nigerian waters and the consequent Extra War Risk Insurance (EWRI) premiums.
The NIMASA boss equally assured the Institute of the agency’s support for training its officials.
Speaking with The News Diet after these courtesy visits, Dr. Chris Ebare expressed delight at the outcome of the deliberations, stating that the Institute is better placed to make significant contributions to the development of maritime in Nigeria.
He also assured that the group will explore its international contacts and relationships with ICS members in other nations as well as its presence at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to address some erroneous perception of Nigeria’s maritime environment.