Akobolokemi re-appointed DG NIMASA for second term

DG NIMASA, Ziakede Akpobolokemi

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Friday announced the re-appointment of its Director General, Mr Ziakede Akpobolokem, for a second term of four years.

In a statement, the head of Public Relations, Mr Isichie Osamgbi, said Akpobolokemi’s re-appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan was conveyed in a letter dated Oct. 13, 2014.

He said that the re-appointment letter which was signed by Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, becomes effective Dec. 23, 2014.

According to the statement, Akpobolokemi got recognition for improving the maritime sector through various activities in maritime safety and security implementation.

These activities created an enabling business environment for maritime and was well acknowledged by the International Maritime Organisation(IMO), the statement reads.

“In his first term, Akpobolokemi repositioned the maritime sector and made it an important pillar in the nation's economy.

“His activities resulted in a new wave of improved maritime safety and security, creating an enabling environment for maritime business as a great contributor to the nation's economy.”

Some of the DG’s achievements were recounted in the area of awareness creation in the maritime domain and ensuring of compliance toward safe and secure port facilities.

“This was achieved through enhanced surveillance of the maritime environment with the introduction of a satellite surveillance system covering the entire Gulf of Guinea and beyond.

“The Agency has also procured various platforms and electronic surveillance equipment through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for a round-the-clock monitoring of the Nigerian maritime domain,” it read in part.

His efforts in manpower capacity building has led to the sponsorship for training of over 2500 young Nigerians in areas of seafaring in maritime institutions across the world, the statement read.

It would be recalled that under Akpobolokemi, NIMASA has set up maritime studies institutes, maritime university, a shipyard and a dockyard to support boost maritime capacity building in Nigeria.

He is also credited with the establishment of an online verification of seafarers' certificates, online sailing certificate and ship manifest as well as automating the process of ship registration in Nigeria.