Dr Bashir Jamoh bringing fresh impetus to rejuvenate NIMASA
* His 100 Days of innovative thinking
*His 3-Point Agenda include Maritime safety, security, shipping development
By Udeme Clement :
Apparently, Dr Bashir Jamoh, the current Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, is bringing fresh impetus to bear, in repositioning the Agency to deliver on its core mandates.
Dr Jamoh, who is described by maritime stakeholders as result oriented and disciplined, is mapping out new operational strategies to achieve Maritime safety, security and shipping development within the shortest possible time.
His tenacity and assiduousness in driving the wheel of transformation in Nigeria’s Maritime industry are seen in his innovative thinking, proactive approach to handling issues in the last 100 Days of his leadership dexterity
In a chat with Maritime Journalists on his 100 Days in office, Dr Jamoh emphasised that safety is imperative in maritime operations, even as NIMASA ACT 2007, empowers the Agency to make sure that safety of vessels and those onboard are guaranteed always.
He pointed out, “Security of the Maritime domain is very vital for global trade and it is among the core mandates of NIMASA. At present, we are working in synergy with the Nigerian Navy to tackle piracy at sea”
As a technocrat, who understands the technicalities of harnessing maritime assets, Dr Jamoh harps on shipping development as one of his 3-Point agenda.
To him, shipping counts for overs 80 percent of global transportation of goods, which sustains international trade supply chain. Shipping plays an important role in import and export trade. As such, NIMASA under his watch is rolling out strategic plans to reposition the shipping sub-sector of Nigeria’s economy.
This will pave the way for local ship owners to benefit from government incentives, like what obtains in Aviation, Manufacturing and other sectors. It will also bring about fleet expansion, ship building, as well as repairs to create jobs for Nigerians.
His Score Card Continues :
* Anti-piracy war, which led to arrest of 27 pirates in his 100 Days in office. 17 are in the custody of Nigerian Police and 10 were arrested by the Navy in collaboration with the Agency.
* IMO Commendation :
This spectacular feat on anti-piracy war brought international recognition for Nigeria, as International Maritime Organisation, IMO, a specialised Agency of United Nations responsible for regulating shipping, commended NIMASA’s renewed strategies in curbing piracy in its waters and the Gulf of Guinea.
* The records revealed that since 2016, not until last three months, there was no single arrest of pirates on Nigerian territorial waters. But under Dr Jamoh as DG of NIMASA, Nigeria gained this international accolade, realised through joint efforts by NIMASA, Pollice and the Navy.
* Capability Building :
Training of 156 personnel of Navy, Police and relevant security agencies to curb the menace of pirates at sea.
* Inter-agency Collaboration :
NIMASA under Dr Jamoh is working in synergy with Nigerian Ports Authority and other agencies to jointly use their various platforms in promoting maritime security for the sector to thrive.
* Information sharing: More so, NIMASA’s Regional Maritime Coordinating Centre, designed to handle maritime security information in about Nine African Countries within the West and Central African region is going to be operational soon.
* Deployment of Floating Dock on the way :
The agency is also working hand-in-hand with NPA to deploy the Floating Dock to Continental Shipyard, under the watch of NPA.
* Disbursement of Cabotage Vessels Financing Fund, CVFF, coming soon :
As part of his strategies to achieve shipping development in Nigeria, Dr Jamoh is working tirelessly to ensure
disbursement of CVFF, even as he disclosed that the first set of beneficiaries will get the funds by ending of this year.
***This is the first part of our report. We will bring you more stories on Dr Jamoh’s 100 Days of innovation.
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