Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, and Nigerian Communications Commission NCC have agreed to work closely in developing a regulatory framework to provide operational guidelines for Submarine Cable and Pipeline Operators in Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement by the Director General of NIMASA, Bashir Jamoh, who chaired the meeting, saying that the agency was committed to ease of doing business while implementing International Conventions which Nigeria had ratified and domesticated.

He noted that with Nigeria now a destination for global communication players, the time had come to prevent unregulated underwater cable laying, which may become hazardous to shipping. And that collaboration was a key component of ease of doing business in the best interest of the country.

In his remarks, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Umar Danbatta, say that the stakeholders’ dialogue strategy adopted by NIMASA in developing the guidelines would ensure a win-win situation.