NIMASA READY TO DISBURSE CVFF AFTER 17 YEARS

NIMASA READY TO DISBURSE CVFF AFTER 17 YEARA

…As Jamoh Pleads With Beneficiaries To Be Patient

By Ambrose Obioma Okehi
(News Emperor)

The Federal Government has gotten to the final arrangement for the disbursement of much-talked-about Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) at last as the government agency supervising the fund (the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency) NIMASA is making the last minutes arrangement to ensure that the fund gets to the expected Beneficiaries within few months from now.

However, the agency has pleaded with the maritime stakeholders particularly the beneficiaries to exercise patience as they had equally waited for it’s implementation for the past 17 years.

Speaking at the a special parly with maritime journalists on Thursday, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh emphatically told the Newsmen that the fund would be disbursed any moment from now after the last moment.
“Let’s wait for at least two months. If we can wait for a whole 17 years why can’t we wait for just two months?”, Jamoh queried.

The agency noted that the accuring amount in the CVFF account is N32 billion naira in Nigerian currency and $209 million in foreign currency.
Talking about the wasted years in disbursing the fund, the DG sais:
“We have a law, but for 17 years we didn’t implement it, we didn’t see the strength of the law or it’s weakness. In 2019, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi set up a committee to review the guidelines, maybe we would have to review the Act.
“There are lots of things in that law that might stand as a hindrance or bottleneck in terms of implementing the CVFF disbursement Whatever it is we must go back to the National Assembly for the review of the Act”, the DG said.

On the lending institutions, the agency said it has advertised for banks that have interest to be part of the disbursement of the CVFF fund, and that four primary lending institutions as well as eleven benefiting companies have been shortlisted”.

NIMASA further gave more details on the arrangement.

“We have so far shortlisted eleven benefiting companies. We have made our presentation to the honourable minister for them to oversee that the four primary lending institutions as required by law comes up with guidelines so that we can disburse”.

The NIMASA boss noted that after that stage the maritime stakeholders would be asked to come up with the specifications of vessels they want to purchase.

Giving more clearance over the question of who owes the fund Federal Government or ship owners, the Executive Director Maritime Labour and Cabotage, Engr. Victor Ochei, who was with the DG at the media parley, added that:
“CVFF

…As Jamoh Pleads With Beneficiaries To Be Patient

By Ambrose Obioma Okehi
(News Emperor)

The Federal Government has gotten to the final arrangement for the disbursement of much-talked-about Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) at last as the government agency supervising the fund (the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency) NIMASA is making the last minutes arrangement to ensure that the fund gets to the expected Beneficiaries within few months from now.

However, the agency has pleaded with the maritime stakeholders particularly the beneficiaries to exercise patience as they had equally waited for it’s implementation for the past 17 years.

Speaking at the a special parly with maritime journalists on Thursday, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh emphatically told the Newsmen that the fund would be disbursed any moment from now after the last moment.
“Let’s wait for at least two months. If we can wait for a whole 17 years why can’t we wait for just two months?”, Jamoh queried.

The agency noted that the accuring amount in the CVFF account is N32 billion naira in Nigerian currency and $209 million in foreign currency.
Talking about the wasted years in disbursing the fund, the DG sais:
“We have a law, but for 17 years we didn’t implement it, we didn’t see the strength of the law or it’s weakness. In 2019, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi set up a committee to review the guidelines, maybe we would have to review the Act.
“There are lots of things in that law that might stand as a hindrance or bottleneck in terms of implementing the CVFF disbursement Whatever it is we must go back to the National Assembly for the review of the Act”, the DG said.

On the lending institutions, the agency said it has advertised for banks that have interest to be part of the disbursement of the CVFF fund, and that four primary lending institutions as well as eleven benefiting companies have been shortlisted”.

NIMASA further gave more details on the arrangement.

“We have so far shortlisted eleven benefiting companies. We have made our presentation to the honourable minister for them to oversee that the four primary lending institutions as required by law comes up with guidelines so that we can disburse”.

The NIMASA boss noted that after that stage the maritime stakeholders would be asked to come up with the specifications of vessels they want to purchase.

Giving more clearance over the question of who owes the fund Federal Government or ship owners, the Executive Director Maritime Labour and Cabotage, Engr. Victor Ochei, who was with the DG at the media parley, added that:
“CVFF

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