DG/CEO NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh

Francis Ezem

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, has streamlined its operations as part of efforts to curtail the spread of the deadly Corona Virus.

This follows Federal Government’s directives to Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDAs contained in a memo issued by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, which stated that all non-essential public servants on grades level 12 and below should stay and work from home. The agency has therefore asked members of staff within the category to comply with the directive as a measure to curtail the spread of the pandemic.

A statement issued in Lagos Wednesday by the Head, Corporate Communications of the agency, Isichei Osamgbi reads in part: “In furtherance to procedures in the prevention of spread of the deadly Coronavirus among staff and external stakeholders of the agency, the Executive Management led by the Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh further directed all Heads of Departments, Units and Zonal Coordinators to identify some essential staffers who will be on duty in their locations on a rotational basis for the next couple of weeks, in order not to totally halt the operations of the agency until the situation improves.

“Furthermore, all visits to the agency are restricted to Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12noon and 2pm only, for visitors of Assistant Directors and above. Shipping companies and agents as well as other critical stakeholders who transact business with operational departments and units of the agency are however exempted from this condition. The media and others can reach the agency on the various online platforms; among others.

“The Management further advises all staffers that have traveled to countries with high incidences of COVID-19 recently to self-isolate for 14 days and inform the NIMASA Search and Rescue Base SRBC Clinic for close monitoring.

“The agency equally advises all staffers and citizens to familiarise themselves with the much publicised precautionary measures on COVID-19, such as a high level of hygiene, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and above all staying safe during this period”.