The Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim has unveiled the new ultra-modern head office of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) located at Victoria Island, Lagos.
Speaking at the unveiling of the property which will serve as the corporate headquarters of the agency, Lim expressed confidence in the leadership of the transport sector of Nigeria while also extolling the dynamic role of the Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo and the heads of the various parastatals under the supervision of the ministry.
While applauding the initiative of the modern edifice, he stated that more important is the human competency and capability, while leadership is the most paramount, as has been exhibited by Sambo.
Lim’s words: “An important element is human competency and capability with leadership being the most paramount to consider which I have seen exhibited by the Minister; he is an extraordinary and rare leader. I am very confident to look forward to more prosperous opportunities and development of maritime activities of Nigeria.”
Sambo in his response expressed gratitude to the IMO Secretary General for making out time to visit Nigeria and also having a first-hand opinion on the developmental strides in Nigeria’s maritime sector.
He stated that Nigeria will strive to ensure Nigerian maritime activities are in line with best practices while also embracing new technologies in the frontier of global maritime discourse.
These were contained in a statement issued by the agency and signed by its NIMASA Assistant Director, Public Relations, Mr. Edward Osagie.
According to the statement which was made available to Maritime Bits the Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu commended the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh and the management of NIMASA for the strides the agency it has made over the years.
She noted that NIMASA should aim higher as there is room for improvement.
Jamoh in his remarks thanked the IMO Secretary General for his visit to Nigeria and said to him, “your name will remain in gold as long as Nigeria’s Maritime Administration is concerned”.
He stated that NIMASA has embarked on various projects in 2022 all with the aim of ensuring a robust and conducive maritime environment is attained in Nigeria.
According to the NIMASA helmsman, these strides have been made possible with the support of stakeholders across board.