R-L: Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Chudi Offodile; Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC); Mr. Akutah Pius Ukeyima; Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh and Director Consumer Affairs Division, NSC, Chief Cajetan Agu during a courtesy visit by Ukeyima to NIMASA headquarters in Lagos…recently.

The Executive Secretary and chief executive officer (CEO), Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Barrister Akuta Pius Ukeyima has hailed Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for the strides it has made over the years.

Ukeyima specifically commended the management of NIMASA for her achievements, which he noted would spur the take-off of what he called the “marine and blue economy” sector.

The NSC boss stated this when he paid a working visit to NIMASA in Lagos recently.

His words: “I must commend NIMASA management for the visionary leadership under Dr. Jamoh. During some of our sessions at the ministerial level, I admire the achievements of NIMASA management during presentations. We thus seek collaboration so we can leverage on these feats”.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh in his welcome address, noted the role enabling acts play in the performance and effectiveness of agencies of Government.

A statement signed by its NIMASA Assistant Director, Public Relations, Mr. Edward Osagie and made available to Maritime Bits, quoted Jamoh saying that much progress has been made by the National Assembly to enact a reviewed NIMASA Act.

Jamoh expressed optimism that it will greatly enhance the performance of the agency.

“Your visit is a welcome development and the cooperation you seek is vital for the success of the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry. I must inform you that we have made much progress in our effort to review our enabling laws. This is to enhance our performance as an Agency. Now that you have come on board, it is worthy of note that the Nigerian Shippers Council Act was enacted through Decree 13 of 1978, and you will agree with me that modern day reality may necessitate another look at your enabling Act”, he added.

The NSC is Nigeria’s port economic regulator and a trade facilitation agency with the responsibility to promote fair trade practices in the industry amongst the providers and consumers of shipping and port services. Its mandate is to establish an enabling environment for all stakeholders by instituting an efficient and effective economic regulatory system in the transport sector. It is also one of the agencies under the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.


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