- Former NPA Boss, Sarumi, leads independent assessment panel
The Industry Stakeholders Awards,
which the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)
introduced last year, is aimed at encouraging maritime operators in the country
to continue to comply with international regulatory instrument to sustain our
standard at global level Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has
Dakuku stated this recently in
Lagos during a ceremony at the Agency’s headquarters to inaugurate an
independent panel of judges for the NIMASA 2019 Maritime Industry Stakeholders
Awards, headed by a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority
(NPA), Chief Adebayo Sarumi.
award was set up to celebrate success stories in the sector, and encourage
stakeholders to strive for excellence towards growing the nation’s economy
through the maritime sector.
that, “the award is to honour industry players who comply with extant rules and
regulations and encourage others in the area of regulatory compliance. The
awards will also inspire, encourage and instill global best practice in the
Nigerian maritime space.”
Management decided to engage an independent panel of judges in order to instill
confidence in the selection process for the awards. He described the members of
the independent panel of judges as persons of proven integrity and
distinguished careers in their various disciplines.
the Agency for institutionalising the industry recognitions. He said service
recognition by a regulatory agency, such as NIMASA, was a noble idea.
panel of judges told Dakuku, “I continue to marvel at the amount of
innovativeness your management puts into the maritime industry. You have pushed
our industry to higher gear, not just to the next level, but much higher levels
than you met it.”
as a regulatory Agency recognising the efforts of stakeholders is quite
commendable. The approach will encourage a better relationship between the
regulator and the industry.”
committee include: to identify the various categories of awards for the
industry; invite applications from industry stakeholders and the general public
for various categories of the award; set criteria and benchmark for the
selection process; and finalise the list of awardees in the different
categories for submission to the Agency.
committee comprising former Managing Director of NPA, Eng. Omar Suleiman; Rtd
Admiral Niyi Oshinowo; Chairman, Nigerian Shipowners Forum, Barr. (Mrs.)
Margaret Orakwusi; a journalist, Mr. Francis Ugwoke; Director, Maritime Labour
Services, NIMASA, Mallam Ibrahim Jibril; Head, Shipping Development, NIMASA,
Mr. Anthony Ogadi; and Head, Cabotage, NIMASA, Mr. Victor Egejuru.