Outgoing Director General Dr Dakuku Peterside; [right] hands over to new Director General, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, while the new Board Chairman, Chief Okorie Asita cheers on during the official handing over ceremony in Lagos, March 10, 2020
Stakeholders in the maritime industry have lauded the new executive management team appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) led by Dr. Bashir Jamoh. They said Buhari’s focus on expertise in the choice of the team was a tremendous sign of better days ahead for the industry.
Jamoh was appointed alongside Rt. Hon Victor Onyekachi Ochei, as Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services; Shehu Ahmed, Executive Director, Operations; and Chudi Offodile, Executive Director, Finance and Administration. NIMASA also got a new board, with Chief Honourable Asita the Agency’s Board Chairman.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the new DG at the Agency’s headquarters in Lagos, an oil and gas, and shipping expert, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, commended the President for listening to the cry of the industry by appointing a technocrat to lead the foremost maritime regulatory agency in the country.
“Stakeholders are happy because Dr. Jamoh is somebody who has been in the industry for ages and together with the pedigree of his team we are sure NIMASA would do well to move the industry forward and we have to appreciate President Mahammadu Buhari for giving us this strong team,” Iheanacho stated.
He urged the new management to focus on the Agency’s core functions, particularly in the area of safety and sea worthiness of vessels, while taking seriously the issues of maritime labour and promotion of indigenous shipping to help grow the nation’s maritime industry.
L-R: Hon. Chudi Offodile, new Executive Director, Finance and Administration; Outgoing Executive Director Operations, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin; Shehu Ahmed, new Executive Director, Operations; Outgoing Director General Dr Dakuku Peterside; new Director General, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh; Outgoing Executive Director, Cabotage Services, Ahmed Gambo; and new Executive Director, Cabortage Services; Hon. Engr Victor Onyekachi Ochei, during the official handing over ceremony in Lagos, March 10, 2020
Speaking in the same vein, in his message to the Jamoh led management team, the MD/CEO of Starz Marine, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, praised the appointment of Jamoh, saying he has the experience and expertise to steer the affairs of the Agency successfully.
While responding to the stakeholders, Jamoh said he was committed to ensuring that the Nigerian maritime sector gained its rightful place in the comity of successful maritime nations. He assured of the unwavering zeal of the new executive management to ensure that the Agency focused on innovative and stakeholder-driven policies.
“We know without the support of stakeholders there is little or nothing we can do. So we urge you to cooperate with us because we are willing and ready to return the Nigeria maritime sector to the place it belongs among the leading maritime communities in the world,” Jamoh assured.
Jamoh assumed duty on Tuesday as the 6th DG of the maritime regulatory Agency since the merger of National Maritime Authority with Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council to form NIMASA. Jamoh took over from Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside whose four-year term ended March 10, 2020, following his appointment on March 10, 2016.