It is clear that Dr Bashir Jamoh, the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is repositioning the Agency to deliver on its core mandates. 
Dr Jamoh. who is described by maritime stakeholders as result oriented and disciplined, is bringing 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 emphasized 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 technical’ 4 harnessing maritime assets, Dr. Jamoh harps on 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 subsector 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: Nations responsible for regulating shipping, 

SEAFARERS DAY: Merchant Navy Union Lauds NIMASA ‘s Palliatives

 The Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association has lauded efforts put in place by the Dr. Bashir Jamoh led management team of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for the distribution of palliative to its members and other seafaring groups.
The agency as part of the activities marking this year’s Seafarers Day Celebration, donated essential commodities, like rice Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), facemasks, and hand sanitisers to Nigerian seafarers.
The Day of the Seafarer, marked June 25 every year worldwide, is a day set aside by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to celebrate seafarers and recognise their invaluable contributions to the global economy.


Speaking in response to the laudable gesture by the apex maritime regulatory agency, National President of the seafarers union, Comrade Bob Yousuo harped on the need for strategic working relationship between the two organisations to move the maritime industry forward, who spoke through the Union’s Secretary General, Comrade John Okpono Aleakhue told journalists on Friday in Lagos, that NIMASA was able to extend palliative to members amidst the COVID19 pandemic, thus must be commended for the support.
While expressing satisfaction over the agency’s actions to cushion the effect of seafarers, the Union’s President, maintained that seafarers are essential workers that must be treated like every other frontline service providers under the COVID19 pandemic and government must be able to play major role for their protection and welfare.
Comrade Yousou also called on the regulatory agency to consider the plight of Nigerian seafarers in terms of renumeration against their foreign counterpart adding that the disparity is too much.
According to him, what the foreigners can do the Nigerian seafarers can do better, pointing out that the union will continuous engage relevant authorities to better the lots of members.
  NIMASA also Donates Relief Materials To Flood Victims In Rivers StateHe noted that the palliative would go a long way for members sustainability under the COVID19 pandemic.
Items distributed include 400 bags of rice, 300 pieces of nose marks and 800 pieces of hand sanitizers.

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