Stakeholders Meet On NIMASA


Concerned with government’s inconsistent policies and leadership instability at the  nation’s apex maritime regulatory agency, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and  Safety Agency (NIMASA), stakeholders in the nation’s shipping sector are billed to  meet at the instance of Ships and Ports Communication Company to brainstorm and  proffer solutions to critical issues bedevilling the nation’s maritime safety  administration.

The meeting with the theme How to Position NIMASA for Optimum Performance, according  to the Chief Executive Officer of Ships and Ports Communication Company, Bolaji  Akinola is consequent upon the constant policy failures and lack of sustainable  leadership at NIMASA which has continued to exert a huge toll on the fortunes of the  Nigerian maritime industry.

According to Akinola, within the current democratic dispensation which has so far  lasted for only 11 years, NIMASA has had seven Directors-General, meaning that an  average Director-General spends 1.57 years in office rather than the minimum four  years he/she should ideally spend.

More interesting to note is that under the 11 years, two of the Directors-General  had spent six years in office leaving the remaining five with five years.

“This development creates uncertainty and is inimical to achieving the virile  maritime industry of our dreams.
“It is high time professionals and major stakeholders in the industry take  leadership of the sector out of the hands of politicians who see the agency as a  fertile ground for muscle-flexing and political patronage,” Akinola said.

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