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NIMASA, NCC Close Ranks On Submarine Cable Regulation In Nigeria

L-R: Efosa Idehen Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, receiving a souvenir from Bashir Jamoh, the director general, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) during a meeting between both Agencies to close ranks on submarine regulation in Nigeria, at the Head Office of NIMASA in Lagos.

…NIMASA committed to Ease of Doing Business – Jamoh

Determined to develop a regulatory framework to provide operational guidelines for Submarine Cable and Pipeline Operators in Nigeria, Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), have agreed to work closely with relevant stakeholders.

The agreement reached by officials of both organs of Government in Lagos, at a pre Audit meeting on submarine cable regulation.

Bashir Jamoh, director general of NIMASA who chaired the meeting said the Agency is committed to the Ease of doing Business while implementing International Conventions which Nigeria has ratified and domesticated

According to Jamoh, with Nigeria now a destination for global communication players, the time has come to prevent unregulated underwater cable laying, which might become hazardous to shipping

“It is worthy to note that marine cable laying has been ongoing for over two decades in Nigerian waters. Our focus is to ensure safety of navigation of shipping in Nigerian waters with all these underwater cables being laid,” he said.

Jamoh further said that NIMASA is actually developing the guidelines to regulate submarine cable operators in line with the provisions of United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS.

We have ratified and NIMASA is the Agency of Government in Nigeria responsible for its implementation. We do not just implement laws; we consult. Where the responsibility of an Agency stops, that is where the responsibilities of another Agency starts. Collaboration is a key component of ease of doing business in the best interest of the country and we will work closely with the NCC to achieve this,” Jamoh added.

On his part, Umar Garba Danbatta, executive vice chairman of the NCC, who was represented by Efosa Idehen, director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, noted that the stakeholders’ dialogue strategy adopted by NIMASA in developing the guidelines would ensure a win-win situation urging NIMASA management to include the Ministry of Justice, a request NIMASA DG immediately granted.

On his part, Dasuki Arabi, director general of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms who commended NIMASA and NCC for adopting effective Inter-Agency collaboration to avert a potential challenge for the country in the future.

NIMASA had notified submarine and cable operators in Nigeria of a soon to be implemented regulatory guideline for submarine cables and pipelines in Nigeria, in line with the provisions of UNCLOS. NIMASA and the NCC agreed to identify and resolve areas of likely regulatory overlaps, ensuring a regulatory framework based on consultation to engender attainment of Nigeria’s digital economy transformation.

Officials of the Federal Ministry of Environment and representatives of Submarine Cable operators in Nigeria were also at the meeting.

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