14th December, 2010
Concerned with governmentâ€™s inconsistent policies and leadership instability at theÂ nationâ€™s apex maritime regulatory agency, the Nigerian Maritime Administration andÂ Safety Agency (NIMASA), stakeholders in the nationâ€™s shipping sector are billed toÂ meet at the instance of Ships and Ports Communication Company to brainstorm andÂ proffer solutions to critical issues bedevilling the nationâ€™s maritime safetyÂ administration.
The meeting with the theme How to Position NIMASA for Optimum Performance, accordingÂ to the Chief Executive Officer of Ships and Ports Communication Company, BolajiÂ Akinola is consequent upon the constant policy failures and lack of sustainableÂ leadership at NIMASA which has continued to exert a huge toll on the fortunes of theÂ Nigerian maritime industry.
According to Akinola, within the current democratic dispensation which has so farÂ lasted for only 11 years, NIMASA has had seven Directors-General, meaning that anÂ average Director-General spends 1.57 years in office rather than the minimum fourÂ years he/she should ideally spend.
More interesting to note is that under the 11 years, two of the Directors-GeneralÂ had spent six years in office leaving the remaining five with five years.
â€œThis development creates uncertainty and is inimical to achieving the virileÂ maritime industry of our dreams.
â€œIt is high time professionals and major stakeholders in the industry takeÂ leadership of the sector out of the hands of politicians who see the agency as aÂ fertile ground for muscle-flexing and political patronage,â€ Akinola said.