11 August 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that the focus of the new Management is to make the Agency a Maritime Administration that works, that is client friendly and a beacon of hope for Nigerians.
Dr. Peterside who said this when a delegation from the African Leadership magazine led by its Publisher Mr. Ken Giama paid him a courtesy visit also noted that the Management is committed to making the Agency more productive and efficient.
The DG stressed that “the dream of NIMASA is to be a respectable voice globally on maritime issues and to be acknowledged as the most effective, most efficient, most competitive maritime administration in Africa, that is our dream.To be a maritime agency working with other stakeholders globally to protect Nigeria’s interest in the global maritime sector”.
Acknowledging the fact that the Agency is yet to achieve this feat, Dr. Peterside said that “we are championing a massive repositioning, reform and restructuring programme, and of course all those that have ideas that will help us are welcome on board”.
He noted that there is a new regime in maritime administration in Maritime Administration in Nigeria which has moved from one phase to another phase where shipping is safe, secure and environmentally friendly in the maritime sector and our country at large.
The DG also assured the delegation that NIMASA will take advantage of the African Leadership media group’s global platform to let the world know that there is a new regime in maritime administration in Nigeria that is committed to the adoption of best practices in all areas of its operations.
Earlier, the Publisher of the African Leadership magazine Mr. Ken Gama who said that the magazine is one of the leading media houses reporting Africa to the world also called for a partnership with NIMASA to use its platform to propagate the changed narrative of Nigeria which was hitherto, negative.
Mr.Giama also invited the Agency to partner with the magazine on its ‘Waste to Wealth’ programme which is aimed at not just engaging young people in productive ventures but also creating job opportunities and generating wealth for Nigeria’s teeming population.