Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transport, has denied having any data of a waiver accepted by the ministry for overseas vessels operators.
Amaechi acknowledged this on Thursday when he appeared earlier than the Senate Joint Committee on Native Content material, Downstream Petroleum and Legislative Compliance.
The committee is investigating the breach of Nigerian Legal guidelines by overseas vessels in coastal delivery of petroleum merchandise within the downstream sector of the Nigerian Maritime Business.
In his submission, Amaechi disclosed that he wasn’t conscious of any waiver given to the vessels by the Director-Common of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Company (NIMASA).
“I’ve by no means interfered with the method of governance of any construction that I superintend over.
“So if NIMASA says I do know what they’re doing, I have no idea.
“I grew to become conscious after they wrote to me and stated I ought to reply the Senate.
“I’ve not accepted any. He (the Director-Common) ought to run to me if he needs waivers accepted. There’s nothing on my desk from 2015 until date. I shouldn’t have any waiver on my desk.
“First they claimed that none had been issued,” he stated.
Talking on whether or not there was such a request within the ministry earlier than he grew to become minister, Amaechi stated, “I’ve not checked that.
“I’ve to substantiate that by asking the Everlasting Secretary to do a research to seek out out if there’s any earlier than we come.
“In 2010, 168 individuals utilized for waivers. In 2011, 208 utilized not earlier than me.
“In 2012, 333 individuals, in 2013, 448, in 2014, 377, in 2015, 413 individuals utilized.
“I got here in 2016. In that 12 months, 374 individuals utilized, however I didn’t see their utility.”