The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh, has pledged the agency’s support to ensure the smooth operation of the Dangote Port and Refinery.
He emphasised the commitment to implement regulatory instruments under the provisions of the Cabotage Law, ensuring that Dangote Ports complies with all relevant regulations set by the Federal Government regarding wet cargo affreightment.
During a courtesy visit by a delegation from Dangote Port operations, led by Managing Director Akin Omole, both parties agreed to establish a working committee to address operational concerns at the refinery within 14 days.
Jamoh suggested a joint committee comprising members from NIMASA and Dangote to objectively address issues and prioritise the refinery’s regulatory compliance without impeding its operations.
While acknowledging that the refinery’s operation might lead to a drop in NIMASA’s revenue due to a reduction in ships importing petroleum products, Jamoh emphasised the broader benefits to Nigerian economic growth and the long-term welfare of the masses. A joint effort is aimed at ensuring a seamless business environment for the refinery without unnecessary delays or obstacles.
Akin Omole, the Managing Director of Dangote Port Operations, assured that his team would work to ensure the refinery does not breach the Cabotage Act. He emphasised the importance of addressing bottlenecks and hindrances collaboratively to prevent delays that could incur significant costs in the shipping industry.