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NIMASA in management retreat, plans roadmap for development of maritime industry

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency , Dr. Dakuku Peterside in a handshake with a former Minister of Education, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili at the opening ceremony of NIMASA Top Management retreat in Lagos.
The Management of the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) are in a retreat to draw a roadmap
for the development of the Nigerian maritime sector.

The roadmap, which is in fulfillment of the
promise of the Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside to stakeholders, is aimed
at engendering a conducive atmosphere for the growth and development of the
Nigerian maritime industry.

The three-day retreat themed
“Repositioning NIMASA for the Sustainable Development of the Nigerian
maritime Sector”, is expected to develop strategies that would reposition
NIMASA and the maritime sector, and draw a Medium -Term Growth Strategy for the
sector.
Speaking at the opening of the retreat,
the Director General highlighted five areas of critical importance for the
Management to include Survey, Inspection and Certification Transformation
programme; Security, Emergency and Search and Rescue Transformation programme
as well as Capacity Building Initiatives which entail growing indigenous
tonnage, ship building and human capacity.
Others are Digital Transformation
Strategy; and Structural and Cultural reforms including changes to work ethic
and attitude of staff as well as processes and procedures.
The DG who observed that on assumption of
duty, he met a workforce in NIMASA that was knowledgeable, competent and
patriotic however regretted that the Agency had unfortunately delved into
politics which brought about divisions in its workforce.
He challenged Management staff at the
retreat to focus only on the Agency’s goal of adhering to its core functions
and rededicate themselves to the service of the Agency.
While acknowledging that there are
problems in the Agency, Dr. Peterside called on Management staff to join hands
to turn these challenges into opportunities with the overall aim of positively
impacting the maritime sector and Nigeria’s economy as a whole, which is the
reason for the retreat.
The NIMASA DG who referred to himself as
the coordinator of the Change programme in NIMASA, also expressed his
commitment to be that change agent saying “I am ready and willing,
physically and spiritually, to work with you as a member of the team in order
to actualise the dream of a new NIMASA that will be a pride to Nigeria and a
reference point to the global shipping community”.
He assured the Management staff of his
commitment to a legacy of development in the maritime sector by leaving behind
a maritime administration that is known for efficiency and effectiveness, a
catalyst for indigenous operations in the sector and a pride to Nigeria.

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