The director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh has stressed that continuous stakeholders’ engagement ensures maritime safety and security in the maritime sector.
Speaking during the opening of three-day management strategic session to review the performance of the NIMASA management, Jamoh noted that the continuous internal stakeholders’ engagement is a key component of the current administration’s efforts to achieve a successful implementation of her tripod mandate of ensuring maritime safety, maritime security and shipping development for the Nigerian maritime industry.
Jamoh disclosed that to achieve the mandate of the agency, it requires collective efforts from all stakeholders which will, in turn, help drive investors’ confidence in engaging in businesses in the Nigerian maritime sector.
“Shipping is crucial to the survival of the global economy, as was exemplified during the COVID-19 pandemic, where virtually all sectors of the global economy were grounded, except the shipping industry. For us at NIMASA, we are focused on driving the agenda of the Federal Government in making the Nigerian maritime sector attractive for investors, while we keep building the capacity of our people to make them compete favourably with their counterparts in the comity of maritime nations.”
On his part, the director-general of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Laoye Jaiyeola, who hinged his presentation on providing leadership in uncertain times and noted that the maritime industry can play a leading role in reshaping the Nigerian economy.
He used the opportunity to enjoin the management of the agency to move with the trend to meet up with modern-day realities in ensuring the Nigerian maritime sector is in tandem with its counterpart in other maritime climes.
“With the global uncertainty due largely to the Ukraine-Russian war and adapting to the new normal brought unto humanity by COVID-19 which has led to weakening global stability, Blue Economy is the future. Leaders should embrace the use of technology in the maritime sector and acquire new skills in demand. This is the only way Nigeria can provide leadership in the maritime sector,” he said.
It is imperative to state that Jamoh’s administration has adopted continuous stakeholder engagements across the board in the quest to realise its mandate. This year’s strategic management session has an eight-year plan made up of short, medium and long-term clearly stated goals aimed at enhancing the performance of the agency.