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.