Stakeholders Hail NIMASA’s Giant Stride

By Innocent Chukwu

Impressed by the activities currently taken place at the Nigerian Maritime Administration Agency, (NIMASA) stakeholders in the maritime sector of the nation’s economy, have given kudos to the management under the leadership of its Director General of the apex maritime safety agency. 

Among such stakeholders include the governor of Kaduna State Gov. Nasir El-Rufai who described the DG as being a Jamo a good ambassador of the state.“I am very happy that you came with this intervention to support our IDPs as well as investment in our tertiary institution,” he added.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) had donated income generation items to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Kaduna State.He said the donation was in three categories with the first category in the form of income generation palliative.According to him,

240 IDPs will benefit directly and indirectly from the items to enhance their means of livelihood and become self-reliant.“Items donated under the category are 15 sewing machines, 15 grinding machines, 15 work master welding machines, 50 hair clipper bags and complete barbing accessories, 40 vulanizing machines and 25 generators. “Others are six tricycles (Keke Napep), eight motorcycles, 30 standing hair drier machines, make up box kits,” he said.

Jamoh disclosed that in the second category, NIMASA will support over 1,500 IDPs living in camps with food and household items.These, he said, would include rice, spaghetti, gari, yam, beans, vegetable oil, noodles and seasonings among others.The director general also said in the third category, the agency plans to distribute educational materials, 25 desktop computers, 30 white board, three printers, and textbooks for senior classes 1- 3.

He told the governor that NIMASA would also provide some infrastructure at the Kaduna State University.“The gesture is part of our corporate social responsibility as a responsible agency not only to Kaduna state, but all states of the federation. 

“I am very happy that you came with this intervention to support our IDPs as well as investment in our tertiary institution,” he added.

Chairman of the Lagos Council of the Nigerian Union of Jouralists, (NUJ) Mr Adeleye Ajay lauded NIMASA for giant strides in the maritime sector, which included safeguarding of Nigeria’s waterways and collaboration with sister agencies of government.

Ajayi had earlier assured NIMASA of adequate publicity of its activities, as well as robust relationship between the Lagos Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists and NIMASA.

It also lauded the agency for the donations worth millions of naira to the Internally Displaced Persons’ Camps and victims of disaster in the country.Significantly, Jamoh, said s sea piracy has declined by 80 per cent in Nigeria’s territorial waters.

According to the director-general, 783 million dollars has been lost to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.“We have recorded a drastic reduction in piracy and this is enough for us to beat our chest that we are ready to return to the category ‘C’ of membership of International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

“However, the year 2021 has witnessed a significant turnaround under my leadership as insecurity on Nigerian waters has reduced by 80 per cent, “he said.Jamoh said the last time the country had a drop in piracy attack in the nation’s waterways was in 1994, saying that Nigerian waterways was one of the top 10 safest waters in the world.

He noted that this achievement was enough reason to sensitise and inform the international community that the Nigerian waterways was now safer than ever before. assured that Nigeria must take its rightful position among comity of nations globally.

“We want the cost of Insurance Premium paid by Nigerians as a result of insecurity to be reconsidered as insecurity in the country’s waterways has drastically reduced, “Jamoh said.He lauded the agency for working toward the actualisation of the Blue Economy, bringing to reality the aim and target of the agency to harness to the maximum.

“We have eight coastal states in the country and we want these states to develop their potentials in order to contribute to the country’s revenue,”Jamoh added. He said as another election in the Global Maritime Industry (IMO) will hold in November, he   urged the media to showcase achievements of Nigeria to the world to put Nigeria at the forefront globally,” he said.

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