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Budget Implementation: House Committee expresses confidence in NIMASA Management

…As Dakuku reiterates Agency’s commitment to capacity development


L-R: Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Hon.
Solomon Adaelu, Executive Director, Finance & Administration, Nigerian
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Bashir Yusuf
Jamoh, Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and
Administration, Hon. Mohammed Umar Bago during the
committee’s oversight visit to NIMASA in Lagos.

The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime
Safety, Education and Administration has commended the Management of the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for its efforts in
repositioning the country’s maritime sector for greater efficiency. 

The
committee gave the commendation in Lagos, when it paid an oversight visit to
the Agency’s headquarters.

Chairman of the committee, Hon. Mohammed Umar Bago,
who led the House delegation, expressed confidence in the Management of NIMASA,
saying his committee is impressed with the Agency’s budget performance in 2018.
Bago, however, noted that there was room for improvement in the remaining part
of the year and in 2019.

The House Committee Chairman’s remarks followed a
presentation by the Agency on the 2018 budget performance, which was
based 
on the five-point
transformation strategy of the Dr. Dakuku Peterside-led Management. 
Bago observed that there had been improvements in
the Agency’s activities, saying it is a welcome development for the country’s
maritime industry. 

We wish to assure you that as a responsible
Committee, we are poised to continue to give NIMASA the required legislative
backing in ensuring that it achieves its mandate in order to realise a robust
maritime sector,”
 Bago
said. 

He also expressed delight in the operation of the
Satellites Surveillance System put in place by the Agency to check and monitor
the activities of vessels on the Nigeria’s territorial waters. He assured that
the National Assembly was working on the speedy passage of the Anti-Piracy bill
proposed by the Agency, noting that it will help to nib illegalities on the
country’s waterways in the bud.

He also applauded NIMASA for the successful
berthing of its recently-acquired modular floating dockyard in the country,
describing the facility as an asset that should be promptly put into operation
for revenue generation.

“Let us put that asset to use and generate
revenue,” the Committee Chairman stated.   
He used the opportunity to commend the Management
of the Agency for its commitment to staff welfare, promotions and training,
and urged that the tempo should be sustained, as it will help the Agency
realise its vision of being the leading maritime administration in
Africa.  

Responding, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr.
Dakuku Peterside, expressed gratitude to the Committee for their support to the
Agency. Dakuku, who was represented by the Agency’s Executive Director, Finance
and Administration, Mr. Bashir Jamoh, reiterated NIMASA’s commitment to working
together with the Committee to achieve the common goal of growing the maritime
industry and developing the country.

Dakuku said the Agency remained committed to
keeping up with international standards.

“On our part as an Agency, we are working on
improving the entire maritime sector on a daily basis, from good to better and
to best. Through this, we will be able to compete favourably with our
counterparts in other maritime climes,” 
he
said.

On capacity development, which is one of the
five strategic pillars of the current leadership of the Agency to revamp the
sector, the DG stated that training and retraining of staff was a major focus
of his administration. He said the capacity building initiative had helped to
improve the productivity and professionalism of the workforce. 

Dakuku assured members of the Committee that the
legislature remained a viable partner and stakeholder in the drive to achieve a
robust maritime sector in Nigeria.

The Dakuku-led management of NIMASA has since its
inception introduced several transformation initiatives that have been nurtured
through collaboration with stakeholders, both locally and
internationally. 

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