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Amaechi orders financial, staff audit of NIMASA

L-R: Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro, during the facility visit by the Ministerial delegation to NIMASA Resource Centre at Kirikiri, Lagos… on Monday

The Minister of Transportation,
Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has ordered a financial and staff audit of the Nigerian
Maritime and Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

 He gave the directive
during a tour of the ports in Lagos and NIMASA’s Resource Centre in Kirikiri,
Lagos.
 Amaechi expressed
disappointment at the ill-equipped clinic and laboratory at the
agency’s the resource centre.
 “From my inspection so far,
I discovered that the Search and Rescue clinic is not equipped; the canteen is
in deteriorated condition; the chairs are not okay and the place is leaking,’’
the Minster said.
 Lamenting the inappropriate
placement of staff which he encountered when he met a graduate of agriculture
and a graduate of law at the library, he said it was necessary to review employment
to ensure that everyone was placed where they could function best.
 Amaechi also requested
for the staff nominal roll and details of staff employed by the agency and
their qualifications.
  He added that
government is not interested in sacking staff, but would ensure that
everyone is engaged in such a way that they can offer their best for the
growth of the sector.
 The former Rivers State
governor also also directed the Acting Director-General, Mr Haruna Jauro,
to forward details of contracts awarded by the agency for verification
demanding also for a detailed financial report of the agency since its
inception.
  “Over N100 billion is
given to this agency yearly and I am yet to see how it has been spent. I am yet
to see some of the projects being executed by this agency,’’ Amaechi said.
   The agency was
created from the merger of National Maritime Authority (NMA) and Joint Maritime
Labour Industrial Council on Aug. 1, 2006.

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