By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
The Federal Government Wednesday set up a committee to verify all the on-projects embarked upon by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
A statement by its Head of Public Relations, Lami Tumaka said the committee will evaluate all projects currently being executed by NIMASA to determine the stage of completion vis-a-vis funding so far released.
Membership of the Committee is drawn from the Federal Ministry of Transport, Federal Ministry of Works and the General Services Unit of NIMASA.
The Acting Director General of NIMASA Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro said the evaluation has become necessary given the limited resources available to the Agency which require the prioritization of projects execution so as to avoid the situation where projects are being abandoned.
“We need to set our priorities right as far as project execution is concerned by strategically executing projects even in a phased manner so as to avoid a situation where projects that should have been very beneficial to the development of the maritime industry are abandoned due to poor planning”, the DG said.
Mr. Jauro who lauded the wisdom of the Transport Ministry in including officers from the Federal Ministries of Transport and Works said the development is to make sure that the necessary experts are involved in the process with a view to providing a report that will reflect the correct state of the projects.
The committee which has two weeks within which to conclude its assignment and report to the ministry is expected to visit the project sites of the Nigeria Maritime University, NIMASA Shipyard and Dockyard, NIMASA Science and Technical College and permanent sites of the six Institutes of Maritime Studies in six Nigerian Universities amongst others.