ABUJA (Transport Ministry’ Report)-The Ministerial Committee on reformation of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) set up by the Federal Government in May 2016 in order to properly re-position NIMASA for effective and efficient performance of its statutory functions has submitted its report.
The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi while receiving the report in Abuja recently, said that the intention of Government to set-up the Committee was basically to ascertain the numerous challenges militating against the Agency’s performance of its functions and re-position it, in order to function in line with international best practice noting that it was not to witch-hunt anyone.
“When we decided to set-up the Ministerial Committee on the reformation of NIMASA, our intention is to know what NIMASA is really about and not to witch-hunt anyone”, he said.
Explaining further, Amaechi said his visit to some of the Agency’s Training Centres like the Research, Rescue and Resource Centre Institute (RRRCI) including the Library to mention a few in Lagos revealed decay facilities meant to promote and facilitate the Man-power development of the Agency.
He thanked the committee members for what he described as a detailed and well articulated report noting that he would work in conjunction with the Ministry’s management to carefully study the report and come up with a decision that will be of best interest to the growth and development of the Maritime sub-sector.
Speaking earlier, the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside who presented the report to the Minister of Transportation, said that the Committee was mandated to draw up a framework template that will be used for the restructuring, reforming and repositioning of NIMASA to make it perform optimally.
Dakuku further explained that the Committee worked diligently to achieve its mandate stating that a few challenges militating against the optimal performance of the Agency were uncovered.
He added the Committee members would wish that the report was adopted, saying that it will serve as a catalyst to moving NIMASA to the next level.