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NIMASA set to honour maritime stakeholders to energize blue economy

Dakuku says it will encourage more

The Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to again honour stakeholders
at the annual dinner and awards night scheduled to take place in Lagos on
Saturday, January 18, 2020.

This is as the Director General
of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside extolled the role of stakeholders in
assisting the Agency achieve its mandate over the years.

Speaking ahead of the event, the
NIMASA DG disclosed that part of the aim of organising the annual programme is
to encourage industry players to keep striving to ensure global best practices
are imbibed in their various activities, attract more investors that will help
open up the blue economy and to also ensure compliance to maritime regulations,
thereby making Nigeria a force to reckon with in the comity of maritime

“Over the years, our stakeholders
have made us proud and put us on our toes as there will be no NIMASA without
the shipping community and vice versa. There have been times of criticisms,
sanctions and enforcement; all these were geared towards ensuring the right
thing is done and laid down rules and regulations are adhered to. 

“We must
therefore reward hard work and encourage more investments in the maritime
sector by appreciating those who have done well, hence we are organising this
auspicious event,” the DG said. 
Dr. Dakuku further stated that
this year’s award will focus on various categories to include; Most Compliant
ISPS Offshore and Onshore Facility; Best Terminal and Jetty Operator; Best
Maritime Training Institution; Best Shipping Company (Marine Environment

Others are; Overall Shipping Company;
Best Cabotage Operator; Company with Largest Combined Tonnages and Best
Maritime Financing Banks among other categories of awards.

He also said that the event will
provide opportunities to expose both local and international stakeholders to
the inherent opportunities that abound in the nation’s maritime sector.

In order to ensure transparency
in the process of selection for the various award categories, the Management of
the Agency engaged an independent panel of judges, headed by a former Managing
Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Chief Adebayo Sarumi.

The NIMASA DG who inaugurated the
panel in Lagos a few months ago disclosed that the independent panel was
composed in order to instill confidence in the selection process for the

He also described the members of
the independent panel of judges as persons of proven integrity and
distinguished careers in their various disciplines.

The terms of reference of the
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.

In pursuance of this, the Agency
has already put out a notice for nomination from companies and individuals for
the various categories.

The award ceremony will also be
an opportunity to reward staff who have contributed meritoriously to the
service Agency, ranging from fifteen to thirty years.  

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