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Organizational Collaboration Key to Agency Performance — NIMASA BOSS – The Sun Nigeria

By on August 26, 2022 0

From Idu Jude, Abuja

The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, reiterated his leadership’s efforts to collaborate with concerned organizations for the effective discharge of duties and growth of the maritime industry.

Dr Jamoh made the remark during a courtesy visit from a branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to the Agency, Jamoh said working with the association and the judiciary was sacrosanct for the Agency, given the complex and urgent nature of maritime issues. and the concomitant requirement for quick resolutions.

According to a press release issued by Mr. Osagie Edward, Deputy Director of Public Relations, “the prompt administration of justice is important to the success of our campaign to build lasting investor confidence, and the judiciary is a critical factor. in this campaign. When there is a delay in a file, investment opportunities are lost. So let me take this opportunity to seek the cooperation of the Nigerian Bar Association to always push for speedy resolution of disputes over maritime matters, as we all have one role or another to play in catalysing the Nigerian economy,” Jamoh said.

Speaking further, Jamoh observed that the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Crimes Act 2019 (SPOMO) has come to stay and it is a victory for Nigeria as a whole in determining the nation to assume its rightful position within the comity of maritime nations. He noted that some convictions have been obtained so far, describing it as a signal that Nigeria is on the right track in the war against piracy and other crimes on the country’s waterways.

The DG, according to Edward, further said, “We will not relent in our efforts to ensure a safe and secure maritime domain in accordance with our mandate. NIMASA will continue to work closely with other government bodies, the international community and other stakeholders to improve the safety of Nigerian waterways and the Gulf of Guinea. With the SPOMO Act, we secured 23 convictions, of which 10 were sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, 10 to seven years, while 3 foreigners were fined for their involvement in crimes in Nigerian territorial waters. This will act as a deterrent to other criminal elements who still engage in nefarious activities in our waterways.”

He felt that despite the progress made by the Agency in the area of ​​safety and security of the Nigerian maritime domain, the management of the Agency also recognizes the need for professional development and alignment as well as ‘increased partnership and collaboration among all stakeholders; including the judiciary.

He affirmed that training and development were important parts of the Agency’s administrative growth, noting that NIMASA has a system in which officers, including those in the Agency’s Legal Unit, are trained respectively in various fields and admiralty law, at the World Maritime University. (WMU), Sweden, for global competitiveness.

Earlier in his remarks, the President of the NBA branch in the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Adjeh Monday, congratulated the management of NIMASA for all the achievements of the Agency, reiterating the need for collaboration continues with relevant stakeholders to advance the country’s maritime industry. He stated that the Association will continue to seek value-added models of collaboration with the Agency, in order to provide the necessary assistance to NIMASA in its attempt to ensure a safe and secure maritime space.