New DG NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh
Stakeholders in the maritime industry have supported the choice of President Muhammadu Buhari’s new executive management team , led by Dr. Bashir Jamoh as Director General, for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). They said Buhari’s focus on expertise in the choice of the team was a tremendous sign of better days ahead for the industry.
This is as Jamoh has promised to lead the new Executive Management of the Agency to adopt fresh measures that will accelerate the growth and development of the maritime sector and make it to gain its rightful place in the commity of nations.
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.
The stakeholders made the observation when they paid a courtesy visit to the NIMASA new DG at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos as the new first set of guests to the new helmsman of the foremost maritime administrator body.
One of them, 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.
He said , “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.
Ihenacho 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.
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.
“As an experienced bureaucrat and industry expert with a grounded knowledge of the maritime sector through practical experience and field knowledge, we believe that your appointment is not only a personal honor but an opportunity for you to apply these attributes in leading NIMASA to the next level. “We’re happy that your appointment is surely a case of a round peg in a round hole”, Ogbeifun said.
While responding, Jamoh said , ‘’ 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,” .
He stated that he was committed to ensuring that the Nigerian maritime sector gained its rightful place in the comity of successful maritime nations, assuring of the unwavering zeal of the new executive management to ensure that the Agency focused on innovative and stakeholder-driven policies
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.