Disbursement of Ship Finance Fund Will Grow GDP of Nigerians, Says Jamoh, NIMASA DG

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has described the soon to be disbursed Cabotage Vessel Finance Fund (CVFF) as a way to grow per capita income and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria, through the maritime industry.

Dr. Jamoh’s position was contained in a press release expressing House of Representatives support for the release after investigation

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According to the release signed by Edward Osagie, NIMASA’s Head of Public Relations ,Jamoh who expressed optimism that the NNPCL’s resolve to award maritime contracts to indigenous companies will give strength to the Cabotage regime being championed by the Agency.

Dr. Jamoh also commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) for its commitment to awarding shipping contracts to indigenous companies that have built capacity to the level where they can successfully execute oil and gas jobs

The DG reaffirmed NIMASA’s transparency resolve in all facets of the Agency’s operation including the management of the fund

Jamoh who also called for stakeholder support, said the CVFF will evolve into greater benefit for more Nigerians and grow the economy.

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A committee of the House, in its report, gave the nod for the disbursement, at the end of an investigation which was chaired by Hon. (Barr.) Legor Idagbo.

The Committee in its report said it made the following findings: “The Committee requested the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and the Ministry of Transportation to provide detailed information on the total amount accrued to the Fund and disbursements since inception.

“The Committee met with the Minister of Transportation and the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Thursday, 11 May 2023 to find out about the details concerning the matter.

“After a thorough analysis of the various submissions, coupled with the explanations given by the Ministry and NIMASA, the Committee discovered that due process was followed in the planned disbursement of the Cabotage Vessel Finance Fund.

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“The Committee notes that the Cabotage Vessel Finance Fund (CVFF) is a fund that was set up in 2003 by the Coastal and Inland Shipping Act. The fund was established to develop indigenous ship acquisition capacity and to provide financial assistance to indigenous shipping operators.

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“The Committee further notes that there is a lack of capacity amongst indigenous/ Domestic Coastal operators in Nigeria, thus the reason Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) still awards contracts to foreign shipping companies in contravention of the Cabotage and Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development (NOGICD) Acts. Some of these awards have been previously investigated by the Committee, which led to their cancellation.

“It was also discovered that the total funds of $360m in the Cabotage Vessel Finance Fund (CVFF) account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) represents 50%, while the remaining counterpart funds of 50% is from stakeholders and banks, which is 15% and 35% respectively”.

The CVFF which replaced a defunct Ship Acquisition and Ship Building Fund (SASBF) is aimed at providing funds to indigenous operators in the maritime industry to acquire and own ships.

It is also intended to increase Nigerian participation in a foreigners dominated maritime business

Joshua Okoria

Joshua Okoria is a Lagos based multi-skilled journalist covering the maritime industry. His ICT and graphic design skills makes him a resourceful person in any modern newsroom. He read mass communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and has sharpened his knowledge in media practice from several other short courses. 07030562600,

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