The director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has inaugurated an 18-member joint consultative forum to strengthen the relationship between the management and the agency’s workforce and give a listening ear as well encourage them to brace for the tasks ahead.
Jamoh disclosed during the inauguration of the staff at the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos, stressing that communication between management and staff remains key in moving the maritime industry forward.
“We want to further give the workforce a voice, which will be another milestone in the history of this agency.
“Management is not about us and them; effective management is the ability to get the best out of the workforce and this we have always championed since we took leadership of this agency,” Jamoh stated.
The NIMASA boss stressed that, as someone who rose through the ranks, he was aware of the needs of the staff.
“My experience in this industry is a unique one. Having risen through the ranks, I know what the staff need to be more motivated and the ripple effect of what we are doing would be felt in the entire maritime sector. Let me assure you that this management is committed to doing whatever will drive the Nigerian maritime sector to enviable heights,” he added.
Jamoh, who was represented by the director, administration and human resources, Mrs. Ronke Thomas, acknowledged the recent achievements in the agency’s core mandates, saying they have been driven by the motivation of the workforce.
The consultative forum executives were enjoined to maintain a cordial relationship with staff and management. With the forum, all staff matters or grievances would be civilly presented to the management, as guided by extant laws and the guiding policy.
In his speech, the chairman of the forum, Mr. Abdullahi Yelwa, thanked the DG and the executive management team of the agency for the internal communication initiative.
“The forum would strengthen the trust the staff had built with the Jamoh management,” he said.
The forum has Mrs. Shielibe Abe as vice chairman. The forum has representatives from all cadres of the agency.