DG NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh

Francis Ezem

Stakeholders in the maritime industry have lauded the new executive management team appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA led by Dr. Bashir Jamoh. They said Buhari’s focus on expertise in the choice of the team was a tremendous sign of better days ahead for the industry. 

Jamoh was appointed the Director General/CEO alongside Victor Onyekachi Ochei, as Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services; Shehu Ahmed, Executive Director, Operations; and Chudi Offodile, Executive Director, Finance and Administration. NIMASA also got a new board, with Chief Okorie Asita as chairman.

Speaking during a courtesy visit to the new DG at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos, oil and gas, and shipping expert, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho, commended the President for listening to the cry of the industry by appointing a technocrat to lead the foremost maritime regulatory agency in the country.

“Stakeholders are happy because Dr. Jamoh is somebody who has been in the industry for ages and together with the pedigree of his team we are sure NIMASA would do well to move the industry forward and we have to appreciate President Mahammadu Buhari for giving us this strong team,” Iheanacho stated.

Iheanacho, who doubles as Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas limited and Genesis Worldwide Shipping, one of the foremost indigenous shipping firms, urged the new management to focus on the agency’s core functions, particularly in the area of safety and sea worthiness of vessels, while taking seriously the issues of maritime labour and promotion of indigenous shipping to help grow the nation’s maritime industry.

Speaking in the same vein, in his message to the Jamoh led management team, the MD/CEO of Starz Marine, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, praised the appointment of Jamoh, saying he has the experience and expertise to steer the affairs of the agency successfully.

“As an experienced bureaucrat and industry expert with a grounded knowledge of the maritime sector through practical experience and field knowledge, we believe that your appointment is not only a personal honor but an opportunity for you to apply these attributes in leading NIMASA to the next level. “We’re happy that your appointment is surely a case of a round peg in a round hole”, Ogbeifun said.

While responding to the stakeholders, Jamoh said he was committed to ensuring that Nigeria’s maritime industry gained its rightful place in the comity of successful maritime nations. He assured of the unwavering zeal of the new executive management to ensure that the agency focused on innovative and stakeholder-driven policies.

“We know without the support of stakeholders there is little or nothing we can do. So we urge you to cooperate with us because we are willing and ready to return the Nigeria maritime sector to the place it belongs among the leading maritime communities in the world,” Jamoh assured.

Jamoh assumed duty on Tuesday, March 11 as the 6th DG of the maritime regulatory agency since the merger of National Maritime Authority with Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council JOMALIC to form NIMASA. Jamoh took over from Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside whose four-year term ended March 10, 2020, following his appointment on March 10, 2016.