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NIMASA pledges more efforts to reposition maritime sector

… Bags Federal Agency of the Year Award

R-L: Head, Corporate Communications, Nigerian Maritime Administration
and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, Executive Director, Finance and
Administration, NIMASA, Mr. Bashir Jamoh, Head, Planning Research and Data
Management Services, NIMASA, Mrs. Moronke Thomas and Coordinator, Central Zone,
NIMASA, Engr. Femowei Abel  during the Independent Newspapers Awards 2018,
held in Lagos.

… Dedicates honour to stakeholders

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it would intensify its efforts to reposition the
maritime industry in Nigeria, as the agency moves to become a leading maritime
administration in Africa. 

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside,
stated this recently in Lagos during the Independent Newspapers Awards 2018,
where the agency bagged the Federal Agency of the Year Award.  
Dakuku said, We are spurred by this award and we appreciate
the fact that our efforts to revitalise the maritime sector through our medium
term strategy plan are yielding results. We will redouble our efforts to ensure
that the quest of the Federal Government to diversify the economy gets the
required support from the maritime sector and its stakeholders, as it portends
several opportunities for economic growth and development.”

The Director-General, who was represented by
the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mr. Bashir Jamoh, dedicated
the award to the agency’s stakeholders. He applauded the management of
Independent Newspapers Limited for recognising the contributions of NIMASA to
the economy.

Dakuku appealed to the media to continue to
spotlight the federal government’s efforts to reposition the economy, adding
that the media remains critical in the actualisation of the government’s quest
for economic diversification and development.

The Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief of
Independent Newspapers Limited, Mr. Ade Ogidan, said NIMASA had maintained a
high level of transparency, particularly, in financial
Ogidan said, “Before, the agency cut the
figure of an organisation that was riddled with corruption and all kinds of
underhand practices. But the recent report of a huge and noticeable increase in
revenue generation from NIMASA is a big testimony of its unalloyed commitment
to playing a prominent role in the overall development of the country.”

Highlighting some of the reasons the agency
was selected for the award, Ogidan noted that the significant contribution of
NIMASA to the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government, its quest
for excellence through capacity building and promotion of staff, and automation
of processes in the agency, among others.
 The event was held at the Eko Hotels and
Suites, Victoria Island.

Since the inception of the Dakuku-led
management, NIMASA has received several awards for excellence in its attempt to
achieve a strong maritime sector that can compete favourably with its
counterparts in other climes. Among the awards are Public Organisation of the
Year, 2017, by the Tell Magazine, and Award of Excellent Leadership in Public
Service in 2018.

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