The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has identified stakeholders collaboration as one of the key factors to drive businesses and investments in the nation’s maritime sector.
NIMASA’s Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR, noted this at the opening segment of the agency’s 3-day management strategic session.
Dr. Jamoh asserted that in order to achieve the mandate of the Agency, it requires collective efforts from all stakeholders, which will in turn help drive investors’ confidence in engaging in businesses in the Nigerian maritime sector.
The management strategic session is part of efforts to review performance and strategize to achieve the agency’s mandate; and Dr. Jamoh noted that continuous internal stakeholders’ engagement is a key component of the current administration to achieve a successful implementation of her tripod mandate of ensuring Maritime Safety, Maritime Security and Shipping Development for the Nigerian Maritime industry.
His words: “Shipping is crucial to the survival of the global economy, as was exemplified during the COVID-19 pandemic, where virtually all sectors of the global economy were grounded, except the shipping industry. For us at NIMASA, we are focused on driving the Agenda of the Federal Government in making the Nigerian maritime sector attractive for investors, while we keep building the capacity of our people to make them compete favourably with their counterparts in the comity of maritime nations”.
On his part, the Director General of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) ’Laoye Jaiyeolawho hinged his presentation on providing leadership in uncertain times, noted that the maritime industry is capable of playing a leading role in reshaping the Nigerian economy.
He used the opportunity to enjoin the Management of the Agency to move with the trend in order to meet up with modern day realities in ensuring the Nigerian maritime sector is in tandem with its counterpart in other maritime climes.
“With the global uncertainty due largely to the Ukraine-Russian war and adapting to the new normal brought unto humanity by COVID-19 which has led to weakening global stability, Blue Economy is the future. Leaders should embrace the use of technology in the maritime sector and acquire new skills in-demand. This is the only way Nigeria can provide leadership in the maritime sector” He said.
It is imperative to state that the Dr. Bashir Jamoh led administration has adopted continuous stakeholder engagements across board in the quest to realize its mandate. The Senior Management Strategic Management session 2022, has an eight-year plan made up of short, medium and long-term clearly stated goals aimed at enhancing the performance of the Agency.
This information was disseminated via a press statement issued by Mr. Osagie Edward, Assistant Director, Public Relations, NIMASA.