L-R: Deputy Director, Human Resources, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hamisu Gambo; Treasurer, Staff Joint Consultative Forum (SJCF), Mr. Oladele Fawole; Director, Administration and Human Resources NIMASA, Mrs. Ronke Thomas; Chairman SJCF, Mr. Abdullahi Yelwa and Vice Chairman SJCF, Mrs. Shielibe Abe, during the inauguration of the forum at the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos…recently.

In a bid encourage professionalism and strengthen the relationship between the management and the entire workforce, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh has inaugurated an 18-member staff joint consultative forum.

Jamoh who stated this while inaugurating the forum at the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos noted that the communication between management and staff was key in efforts to move the maritime industry forward.

The NIMASA helmsman who was represented by the Director, Administration and Human Resources, Mrs. Ronke Thomas acknowledged the recent achievements in the agency’s core mandate, saying they have been driven by the motivation of the workforce.

His words: “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. We want to further give the workforce a voice which will be another milestone in the history of this agency.”

While stressing the importance of the consultative forum in a statement made available to Maritime Bits, Jamoh stated that as someone who rose through the ranks and spent over three decades in the industry, he was aware of the yearnings of the staff. He said he would prioritise anything that would grow the maritime sector of the economy.

According to the statement which was signed by NIMASA Assistant Director, Public Relations, Mr. Edward Osagie, my experience in this industry is a unique one.  Having risen through the ranks, I know what the staff needs 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 an enviable height.

The executives of the consultative forum were enjoined to maintain a cordial relationship with staff and management.

With the forum, all staff matters or grievances are to be presented to the management in a civil manner, as guided by extant laws and the guiding policy.

The chairman of the forum, Mr. Abdullahi Yelwa in his acceptance speech thanked Jamoh and the management for the internal communication initiative.

According to him, the forum would strengthen the trust the staff had built with the management since he was appointed the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Federal Ministry of Transportation parasatal.The NIMASA Joint Consultative Forum has Mrs. Shielibe Abe as Vice Chairman. The forum has representatives from all cadres of the agency.


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