Despite concerns over the acceptability and respectability of Nigerian flagged vessels, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has recorded 432 registered vessels with 12 newly registered vessels in the last one year.

This disclosure was made at the Annual National Press Briefing organised by the Ministry of Transportation to update stakeholders and members of the public on the progress of the transportation industry thus far on Friday in Abuja.

Fielding questions from the media, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh who expressed optimism regarding increase in ship registration said that a total number of 12 vessels have been added to the nation’s ship registry while over 400 renewals have been made.

The twelve new additions according to the DG, is exclusive of barges, which are currently being registered and would add to the country’s tonnage.

“We have about twelve ships added to our registry. However, this does not include the barges that we are now registering which are adding to the tonnage of the country,” he said.

Speaking exclusively with TNMN on the matter, Jamoh explained that a total of 432 vessels have been registered/renewed since he assumed office.

His words;

We have vessels that renewed their registration. New ones have also come in, Honda 500 GRT … we have quite a number. So, if you add these, you would have 432 registered during my own tenure.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, in her welcome address said that the press briefing was intentionally organised to “acquaint the Nigerian people of the landmark programmes, projects and activities of the Ministry and all its agencies”.

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“We cannot overstate what happens within the ministry and its agencies to deliver an economically viable, sustainable and accessible transportation system to all Nigerians. Without the public awareness, our objectives will be more difficult to implement. It is the Nigerian citizen that we are here to serve,” Saraki said.