NIMASA:  Jamoh establishes Himself As Administrator, Enters Partnership With PAP

 By Stephen Ubanna

When President Mohammadu Buhari, appointed Bashir Jamoh, an Assistant Director, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, as Executive Director, Finance and Administration and subsequently as Director General to replace Dakuku Peterside, the immediate past Director General of the agency, who was not reappointed  for a second term,   on March 10, 2020, not  many knew that he was a great  Administrator.

 With barely three years on the saddle as the Director General of NIMASA, he has somewhat established himself that he has become a household name in the nation’s maritime domain that individuals and Organisations seek to identify with him.

 Between March 10, 2020, and now , Jamoh , according to Industry operators have taken the  nation’s maritime sector  to a  new height that even  Mele Kolo Kyari,  the Group Managing Director, GMD, of Nigerian Nation Petroleum Corporation NNPC, now baptised, Nigerian Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, with the signing into Law of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB,  passed by the National Assembly by the Katsina born Nigerian President in August 2020, has come to synergise with the maritime regulatory agency.

As part of the synergy between the two  government agencies,  the NNPCL,  GMD, who  may have  been following the steps taken by the NIMASA , Director General, over the last two years, to facilitate  the disbursement of the  Cabotage Finance Fund, CVFF, to the  indigenous Ship owners,   to acquire ocean going vessels, that would help them  to compete with the foreign shipping Companies which have dominated the country’s maritime domain over the years, the Corporation was said to have  expressed interest in taking part in the funding of the indigenous ship owners to acquire vessels .

The Nigerian oil octopus was said to have agreed to provide nine percent of the CVFF, which an Appreciative Jamoh has promised on will be disbursed to shortlisted indigenous  ship owners  based on fillers from the Federal ministry of Transportation  under the close watch of Muazu  Jaji Sambo, an Engineer, before the Buhari’s Administration elapse on May 29, 23, to pave way for  Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu,  popular, Jagaban, a former governor of Lagos state and the President-elect, on the ticket of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, to step in.

The agency, according to Jamoh, of thewould give a loan of $25 million to each ship owner shortlisted. The total amount which currently has hit  $350 million provided by it, is xpected to be disbursed by the five banks approved by the government which included  Zenith, Polaries, UBA Jaiz,   and Union   would also contribute to the funding of the ship owners.

 The banks are expected to contributed additional 35 percent while the ship owners would bear 15 percent of the cost of acquiring the vessel. Note that the current amount earmarked for disbursement to the indigenous shipping Companies excludes the nine percent funding that would be provided by the NNPC, for the multi-million dollar project.  

Jamoh, DG, NIMASA, Pres ,rtd,, APenting A Souvenir To Maj.Gen .Ndiomu,Interim Chairman, PAP

The latest to seek a close working relationship with the NIMASA, boss was Barry Ndiomu , a retired Army Maj. Gen. and Interim  Administrator  of the Presidential  Amnesty Prgramme , PAP,  in the Niger Delta region, and his teamam who were said to have paid a working  visit  to the NIMASA  helmsman at his Apapa office, described by maritime analysts   as ‘’timely  and  a wake-up call  to synergy’’.

The retired Army Maj.Gen., according to a source is a close relations of Rear Admiral Ndiomu rtd a, one-time Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command the Navy newly created Naval Standards and valuation Branch.

Maj. Gen. Ndiomu, may have taken advantage of the visit  to appeal to  Jamoh,  the NIMASA , Director General, ‘’to fashion  out  a workable  and sustainable  partnership arrangement   towards  creating opportunities  for the teeming unemployed  Youths in the nine Niger Delta states of  Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross river, Delta, Edo, Ondo , Rivers and Imo. 

The NIMASA , Chief Executive Officer, CEO,  who in the recent time  have been speaking on the  Blue Economy  at different Forums  both within and outside the country,  because there has been  a drastic reduction  in the demand for Nigerian Crude oil in the International Oil market  had  repeatedly said that developed economies are now finding alternative to fuels  and Nigeria must not be seen to be lagging behind in diversifying its economy.

 The NIMASA, Director General, was aid to have  informed  the PAP, Interim Chairman ,  on ‘’the availability  of creating jobs in the Blue Economy’’, stressing that  the nation’s maritime sector has ‘’the capability  to engage the Youths, as this will discourage them  from  engaging in nefarious activities  of perpetuating criminal activities  like Piracy and sea robbery in Nigerian waters’’.

 He was said to have told the duo that Piracy and sea robbery remain’’ the major threats to the growth to the Blue economy’’, noting that this may have encouraged the Nigerian government to invest $195 million to procure maritime security infrastructure.

 The Israeli security firm, HLSI Security Systems and Technologies Limited,  which had won the multi-million dollar contract, had delivered to NIMASA  between 2020 an now 16Armoured vehicles, ,  17  interception boats,  for coastal Patrol,   Two Special Mission Vessels, To Special Mission aircrafts,  for surveillance  of Nigeria Exclusive Economic Zone, EEZ,  three  helicopters and  four unmanned Aerial vehicles. The maritime security assets, Jamoh, had said have been deployed for operations in Nigeria waters and the Gulf of Guinea, in the fight against Piracy and sea robbery.

Jamoh, the NIMASA, boss, was said to  have informed the two Ndiomus, who are  retired senior Military personnel,  that  ‘’the  agency willingness  to partner  with  PAP and other relevant agencies , can sustain the  tempo of curbing  piracy in Nigerian waters  as the International Communities are watching to see if that could be done’’.                                                                                                                                                                                           He is optimistic that the synergy with   Maj. Gen. Ndiomu, led PAP,  particular, will  go a long ‘’to sustain  the tempo  of policing  of the Nigerian waters   as they would  be  actively  engaging  the teeming unemployed Youths in the  region  as well as  be empowering  them  on the opportunities  in the nation’s maritime sector’’.

 Jamoh, who could not hide his feelings had said that  ‘’the industry is large enough  to sustainably  and actively  engage  350 million  Youths  as ‘’there are enormous  opportunities  that Youths   can take advantage  of to generate  Foreign exchange earnings’’. He may have gladdened the heart of the PAP, Administrator when he said that ‘’the agency is ready ‘’to collaborate with the agency   in reintegrating beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme into the society’’.

Major Gen, Ndiomu, the PAP, boss, , according to Osagie Edward, an Assistant Director and the agency  spokesperson had   said  to the hearing of the NIMASA  ,Director General, , that  ‘’it has trained   a large number  of youths  across various  institutions  in the world  in professional Courses such as  Sea Diving,  underwater wielding,  and Marine Engineering.

Perhaps, this may have informed why the Interim PAP, interim Chairman, is seeking the partnership with  NIMASA , in order for the agency’’ to engage   the trained professionals   in marine related jobs’’


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