By Elizabeth Chukwuma
The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, under the current Management Headed By Dakuku Peterside, appears to have set a standard in the discharge of its Corporate Responsibility for other government agencies to emulate.
Investigation by The Value News shows that in the last couple of months Bashir Jamoh, Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Hajia Lami Tumaka , Director , Special Duties , Hajia Aisha Jumai MUSA , Director, Admin an Human Resources, and other top officials of the agency have been trasversing the nooks and crannies of the country to donate relief materials to flood victims.
An elated El-Rufai, said the donation of the relief materials by NIMASA to the state IDPs came at the right
The relief materials that was taken to the state by the NIMASA team include mattresses, bags of garri, school bags, salt, rice, fishing nets, bankets, tins of powdered milk, beverages, soap/detergents, sugar, noodles, palm/vegetable oil amongst others. It could not be scertained the amount spent in buying the relief materials.
He assured that the relief materials would be evenly distributed to the IDP Camps across the state as part of its welfare and food security policy for the IDP occupants in the state. Given an insider information, he disclosed that the state alone has over 11,000 IDPs scattered all the Camps in the state
In apparent response to the governor’s remarks while accepting the relief materials from the maritime agency, Jamoh, who led the NIMASA team at the instance of Dakuku Peterside, the Director General, stated that the problem of the IDPs across the country were of ”utmost concern to the government because they constituted an integral part of the society and therefore must be catered for”.
Hajia Tumaka watched with keen attention as Jamoh respond to the governor’s remarks. She has had opportunity at different times charted with some of these flood and natural disaster victims in the state visted. Her motherly advise to them had been very encouraging as most of them started thinking of going back back to their ancestoral homes to resume normal life again.
Note that President Muhammadu Buhari has consistently encouraged interested philanthropists and non -governmental Organisations to partner with the government in order to adequately for the needs of those who who are affected by one form of disaster or another. This encouragement may have informed the reason why the agency embarked on the provision of relief materials to IDP Camps in 20 states of the Federation that caught across the six geo-political regions in the country: south east, south -south, south west, north central, north east and north west, the President’s geo-political region. The states that readily come to mind include Kano, Zamfara, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo,Sokoto, Niger, Cross River,Byelsa and now Kaduna .
Recall that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC had been the most noticeable in the past in the donation of relief materials to IDP Camps across the country until the Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, and NIMASA , entered the scene. The involvement of NCS, in the donation of relief materials to the IDP Camps , particular those in Boko Haram ravaged north eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states including the IDP Camp in Edo state, south-south geo-political regiion. The President had had directed Hammeed Ali, a retired Army Colonel and the Customs Comptroller General, to evacuated all the seized foreign parboiled rice, vegetable oil and secondhand clothing in all its warehouses acoss the country in 2016 , to these IDP Camps , instead of wasting.
The delay by the state governors of the affected states to provide vehicles to take delivery of their