Maritime:Ukeyima, ES, NSC, Synergies With Jimoh, DG, NIMASA, To strengthen Nigerian Shipping Operations

By Stephen Ubanna

Akuta Pius Ukeyima, a Lawyer and Executive Director, Nigerian Shippers Council m, NSC,may have found Bashir Jamoh,OFR, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, a role model in the nation’s maritime sector that he had paid him a working visit recently  in his Apapa office recently to rub minds with him.

Jamoh, the NIMASA , Chief Executive Officer, CEO, who had seen  the 2023, as a year of beginning s in the nation’s maritime industry  with the creation of the ministry of Marine and Blue Economy by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who incidentally was a former governor of Lagos state  and who had said that the industry operators would  steer the sector greater heights in 2024, may  have used the opportunity of the NSC Executive Secretary’s working visit to speak out on the role of the agency and how they can effectively work together to boost the nation’s maritime sector and raise to the level of other  established maritime nations.

Jmoh, DG, NIMASA, Ukeyima and two others during a courtesy visit by the NSC Executive Secretary

The NIMASA helmsman was said to have told Ukeyima, his NSC, counterpart, during the recent working   visit to the agency that the role enabling Acts play in the performance and effectiveness of all agencies of government including the maritime agencies under the ministry of marine and Blue Economy cannot be overemphasized.

He was said to have used opportunity of the visit  to open up on the progress that has been  made by the National Assembly under the Leadership of Godswill Apabio,  erstwhile  governor of aAkwa Ibom state ‘’to enact  a reviewed NIMASA Act. The NIMASA CEO, is optimistic that the NIMASA reviewed Act if finally passed into Law and accented to by the President for implementation will greatly enhance the performance of the agency.

He may have gladdened the heart  of his  NSC counterpart when he told told  him that  his visit  ‘’is a welcome  development  and cooperation  that is  vital  of the  for the success  of the nation’s Marine and Blue Economy ministry’’.  Given an insider information he had said that the agency has made much progress in its effort to review the enabling Laws.

He noted that passage of the NIMASA Bill by the National Assembly will go a long way to enhance its performance as an agency. An elated Jamoh had told the NSC CEO, ‘’now that you have come board , ‘’it is worthy of note  that the NSC Act  was enacted  through Decree 13 of 1978.He was said to have made him to understand that  modern day reality  may necessitate  another look at the sister agency enabling Act.

Jamoh, DG, NIMASA, presents a souvenir to Ukeyima, ES, NSC, on a working visit

Ukeyima, the NSC, boss who could not hide his feelings  had commended  the Jamoh led Management of NIMASA , for their achievements over the last three years , which he noted  would spur  the take-off of the Marine  and Blue Economy sector. ‘’I must commend the NIMASA Management under the current visionary Leadership  of Jamoh.

He had alluded to some of their discussions during some of their sessions at the ministerial level which may have emboldened to declare:  I admire the achievements of NIMASA, during presentations. This may have informed why he has sought collaboration with the agency so  that NSC,  can leverage  on these feats and move its operations forward.  

Taken a cue from Jamoh’s presentation and remarks,  he ad said that that NSC,  is the country’s Port Economic Regulator and Trade Facilitation Agency  with the responsibility  ‘’to promote  fair trade practices  in the nation’s maritime industry  amongst  the providers  and consumers of shipping  and port services.

He may have used the opportunity provided by the visit  to the maritime regulatory agency  to reecho  the fact that its mandate ‘’ is to establish  an enabling environment  for all stakeholders  by instituting  an efficient  and effective  economic statutory  system  in the country’s transport sector’’ as one of the agencies under the Adegboyega Oyetola, a former governor of Osun state led ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.


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