NIMASA DG, Dr Jamoh Bags Prestigious Public Sector Maritime ICON Award

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NIMASA DG, Dr Jamoh Bags Prestigious Public Sector Maritime ICON Award

* Says Vanguard Award Challenges him to Work Harder for Nigeria, Humanity

The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, has described the Public Sector Maritime Icon Award bestowed on him by Vanguard Newspaper, as a challenge to selflessly work harder in the interest of Nigeria and humanity.

Dr. Jamoh, who has been working assiduously to reposition Nigerian Maritime industry for greater growth, commended Vanguard Media Limited, publishers of Vanguard Newspaper for finding him worthy of such great honour.

To NIMASA boss, the recognition is beyond just an honour but a call to increase his level of service

According to him, whatever was being done that attracted the accolade to him and NIMASA under his leadership will be improved upon to make all Nigerians and Vanguard Newspaper proud, while also justifying the Award.

The NIMASA DG enthused :
“The good works of NIMASA, which manifested in inter-agency and international collaboration against piracy and other maritime offences resulting in all time reduction in vessel and crew attacks will be redoubled”.

Speaking further, Dr Jamoh thanked members of NIMASA Board, Executive Management Team and all staff of the agency for their contributions to the success stories the nation’s foremost maritime administration has been associated with.

He assured that in months to come, NIMASA in the performance of its statutory functions would scale up activities to achieve more for investors, professionals and all stakeholders in the nation’s maritime industry

His assertions :
“This calls for more work, more tasks and more sustainable success. We have so many things in place. God’s willing, within the coming months, we have to double our efforts to justify this award.

“It is a challenge and whatever we did before that impressed the selection committee, now we have to double our efforts.  To me, I’m not seeing this honour just as an award in name but as a challenge to do more.

“The essence of leadership wherever you go is to make a difference to the people and the society. So, if your position of leadership cannot change dimensions, then the essence of leadership is far from being achieved

“The Vanguard Newspaper recognised our efforts because there are some impacts and changes, but there are so many areas in which we need to do more, which we must be able to do in the coming months. Therefore, we need to double our efforts”.

Notable maritime stakeholders, who witnessed the ceremony agreed that the NIMASA DG has worked hard within a short period to justify the honour.

Prominent shipowner, Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi, described Jamoh as NIMASA DG who came with three decades of experience in the sector and sound maritime academic background, which he has deployed to productive benefits for the Nigerian maritime sector.

Other stakeholders, who commended Jamoh for the honour include Mohammed Bello-Koko, Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority; former Directors of NIMASA – Dr Ade Dosunmu and Dr Dakuku Peterside; Dr. Mkgeorge Onyung, President Nigerian Shipowners Association; Emmanuel Maiguwa, President Alumni Association of Maritime Academy of Nigeria (AMANO) and Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President General – Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN)

Since assumption of office Dr. Jamoh has won several awards including 2020 Zik Prize in Public Policy.

The Chairman, selection Committee Zik Prize 2020, Professor Pat Utomi said the capacity of Dr. Jamoh to have extensively managed the restructuring, reformation and repositioning of NIMASA earned him the prestigious award.
Prof Utomi stated ;  “The Deep Blue Project and Blue Economy initiatives Dr. Jamoh continues to champion have brought massive gains to the Agency and the nation’s economic diversification goals.”

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in its recent report had disclosed that piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which had in recent times become the global epicentre for sea piracy, fell to the lowest since Q2 2019 after Dr. Jamoh started enforcing Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also known as the Deep Blue Project.


From left, the NIMASA boss, Dr. Bashir Jamoh receiving Vanguard Media Public Sector Maritime ICON Award from seasoned Journalist, Dr. Yemi Ogunbiyi during the 10th Vanguard Media Awards in Lagos.

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