Barely few months after taking over the mantle of leadership of Nigeria Maritime Adminstration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) from the former Director General, Dr Dakuku Peterside as the new helmsman, Dr. Bashir Jamoh did not leave anyone in doubt that about his mission of taking the industry to a greater heights of service and result delivery.
Dr. Jamoh who started working with the services since 1993 was appointed by President Muhammad Buhari after 27 years in the agency.
His appointment elicited excitement and was applauded by staff of agency as first DG to be appointed within the Agency since its creation.
However, its not only staff of the agency that was excited by Dr. Jamoh appointed but also the industry stakeholders.
The newly appointed Spokesman and Director of Communication, Philip Kyanet described Dr. Jamoh appointment as “Round peg in round hole” saying, NIMASA is in a safe hand.
The new DG who has since spelled out his three cardinal points, Shipping Development, Maritime Security and Seafarers Development. And in other to achieve these three cardinal mandates, Dr Jamoh swing into action by reshuffling the management for optimum services and result oriented. This move would help drive his reform and achieving objectives such as the Deep blue project, Anti-piracy law, Cabotage and also to reinvigorate the system.
Meanwhile, stakeholders of the industry have charged the new DG to take the Industry to the next level and also the disbursement of Cabotage fund, Anti-piracy war, Blue economy, Placement of cadets onboard vessels and Indigenous participation of Nigerians in Merchant shipping.
Speaking on this, former president of the Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Engr. Greg Ogbeifun appealed to Jamoh to ensure the timely disbursement of the Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund (CVFF) and also use his wealth of experience to enhance indigenous capacity to address Maritime security in Nigeria.
He described Jamoh appointed as commendable. Saying as its a great development for the industry.
Speaking in the same fora, the immediate past president of Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), Aminu Umar congratulated the new DG and urges for a greater reforms in the industry and declared their total support for him so as to bring in the needed reforms.