R-L: The Acting Director General/Executive Director Finance and Administration of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Mr. Chudi Offodile and the new Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola during the handover ceremony at the agency's Headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos….recently.

*Promises to Build a Purpose-Driven Organization

Twelve days after his appointment as the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola has finally resumed office at the agency headquarters in Lagos.

Mobereola’s appointment was sequel to the refusal of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to renew the appointment of the erstwhile Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh at the expiration of his tenure on March 10, 2024.

Mobereola’s failure to resume work more than one week after his appointment by Tinubu has sent tongues wagging in the maritime industry and beyond.

Apparently aware that stakeholders in the maritime industry, especially journalists covering the sector has started a count down on the number of days it is taking him to resume work after his appointment, Mobereola resumed on Friday March 22, 2024 with a pledge that NIMASA under his leadership will build a purpose driven organisation, while also prioritising effective communication at all levels to enhance innovation, collaboration and synergy.

R-L: The Executive Director Administration and Finance, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Chudi Offodile; Executive Director Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Mr. Jibril Abba; and the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, and the Executive Director Operations of NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Taye Adeyemi during the handover ceremony at the agency’s Headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos….recently.

In his maiden address on his assumption of duty, Mobereola noted that the agency under his leadership would prioritize safety, security, efficiency, environmental sustainability amongst others.

His words: “We must strive to foster innovation and excellence in everything we do. The maritime industry is constantly evolving, driven by technological advancements, changing market dynamics, and evolving regulatory frameworks. As leaders in the sector, we must embrace innovation, adapt change, and continuously seek ways to enhance the efficiency, competitiveness, and resilience of our maritime operations”.

“I do not doubt that every individual within our organization has the potential to achieve greatness; we will therefore, ensure that we build a purpose-driven organisation by investing in our staff, processes, and the entire system to achieve our mandate. I aim to foster an environment of innovation, collaboration and synergy, creating an atmosphere that encourages the development of our employees’ skills, talents, and creativity”.

A statement issued by NIMASA Assistant Director, Public Relations, Mr. Edward Osagie and made available to Maritime Bits quoted Mobereola using the occasion to express gratitude to Mr. President for entrusting him with the responsibility of steering the affairs of the agency.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to His Excellency, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for entrusting me with this crucial responsibility. I am highly aware of the immense trust and confidence the President placed in me. It is with great enthusiasm and a sense of purpose that I step into this position, fully committed to steering our organisation toward greater heights, while upholding the highest standards of integrity, diligence, and service to our nation”, he said.

He also thanked the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, for his guidance throughout the appointment process and expressed readiness to work with him in achieving the objectives of the Ministry for the sector.  

The statement said the agency’s Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mr. Chudi Offodile led other management staff to receive Mobereola.

Offodile who has made history as the Acting Director General of NIMASA for only 24 hours noted that the entire management and staff of the agency were elated to welcome him to the agency, while also pledging the cooperation of the staff for the success of the agency.

Mobereola is to serve as the Director General of NIMASA for a renewable term of four years. He holds a Ph.D and an M.Sc in Transport Economics from the University of Wales, United Kingdom.

He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport, England and a fellow of the same institute in Nigeria. He was the Managing Director of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) from 2003 to 2015 and the Commissioner for Transportation in Lagos State from 2015 to 2016.


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