The reported wrecks removal initiative by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has received good commendations from an industry player and a maritime expert, Dr. Chris Asoluka.
Speaking recently in Lagos, Dr. Chris Asoluka, a former Chairman, Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority, noted that the efforts of NIMASA Management to rid Nigerian waters of wrecks is a development long overdue.
He maintained that the NIMASA initiative which is reported to have commenced should be pursued vigorously, adding that the process of wreck removal will no doubt have a positive impact on the global perception of Nigerian waters.
Speaking further, Asoluka revealed that abandoned wrecks pose great dangers to navigation and safety of lives and properties on the nation’s territorial waters. He however called on owners of the abandoned wrecks to co-operate with NIMASA by promptly removing the wrecks, in order to ensure a safe and secured maritime environment.
Recall that the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside had earlier stated that the Agency is working closely with the Federal Ministry of Transportation to review the process of wreck removal on the nation’s territorial waterways, especially the ones on the channels, due to the dangers they pose to Nigerian waterways.
As a result, NIMASA had earlier issued a marine notice, warning that whoever fails to comply with the notice would have his or her wrecks forcefully removed and possibly face litigation in line with the Agency’s enabling Act and other international protocol on wrecks removal.