NIMASA: Jamoh Takes Full Control

By Stephen Ubanna

When Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers state, appeared on TVC, and was confronted with the report making the rounds that that Dakuku Peterside, the Director General, National Maritime Administation and Safety Agency , NIMASA, had be replaced by Bashir Jamoh, Executive Director,Finance  and Administration, he shrugged his feet that his not possible.

He had boasted that if he is still the minister of Transportation, he should be the one that should announce the appointment. He got wrong. This is because a decision has been taken and concluded on the matter without his knowledge that Peterside should go for a career officer  who understands the industry to take over and rebuild.

Aware that he will be the loser  if he decides to kick against the appointment he was forced to cave in. He knew that since Peterside who was at his becks and call had been dropped, he needed to court the friendship of the new NIMASA boss in order to have his way in the agency instead of leaving the sector completely in the hand  Gbemisola Gbemisola Saraki , the minister of State overseeing it

.It was not surprising that when the issue of the inauguration of the Board of the agency  at the ministry Head office at Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, was slated for Friday, March 20, 2020,, he did hesitate to give his words to  Saraki, the minister of State to perform the function.

Even before Amaechi agreed to perform the inauguration of the new NIMASA  Board, information had filtered out  that he had filtered out that the minister and the minister have agreed inaugurate the Board members who had been approved by the President to enable  settle  down for work. The minister may have seen it as an opportunity to fall back to reckoning in the nation’s maritime sector.

Jamoh, the NIMASA Director General, were said to have arrived  Abuja ahead of the Friday, slated  for the inauguration. The Value News learnt that as 9 am, the NIMASA and Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, Board members ,  had arrived the ministry premises  and were ushered into the Board room in readiness for the inauguration. T It was a happy moment as the minister and the Board  members exchanged pleasantries. The minister had charged the Board members of the two agencies of the ministry to go and do  their work .

Prior to the inauguration of the NIMASA Board , Jamoh had already started  exercising his powers  as the Director General of the agency. He had met with the staff on the Management cadre and other senior Staff to acquaint them of the direction of the agency for the next four years. He did not hesitate in telling them to expect some changes in the Organisation to avoid being caught unawares.

Barely one week after the meeting with the Directors and other senior Staff, he had redeployed Victor Ike Onuzuruike, a former Director , Audit, to the Director General’s office as Director Special Duties. Onuruike replaced Rita U

ruakpa, who was appointed by PeteRside , the former Director General to replace  Lami Tumaka,  who had retired from the agency.Maritime watchers had hailed the appointment of Onuzuruike as the Director Special Duties because of his wealth experience in the Industery. Funny enough  , he may not stay too  long in the office as he was said to  have started his pre-retirement training  both within and outside the country.

Insiders told the Value News that he would retire in the next four months in the agency. Many believe that the new NIMASA, Director General , may have wanted him to stay close to him  because of the close working relation over the last three years when he was the Executive Director, Finance  and Administration.

He may have observed  that Uruakpa, would be better used in the agency  as the Director of Cabotage, that he did not hesitate in deploying her to the Department. She is expected to work closely with the Executive Director , Cabotage and Human Resource Management to ensure  proper disbursement  of the over N72 billion, Cabotage Vessel Financing Fund, CVFF.

Note that that Peteride, the agency former Director had lost out in his efforts to regain his position  because of his inability  to realize President Muhammadu  Buhari  desires  to the indigenous shipping Companies as the fulcrum of national development  as a way to increase  the maritime’s industry contribution  to employment generation and Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

It is not surprising why Jamoh had deployed the former Director Special Duties to Cabotage Department to ensure meaningful management of the indigenous shipping Companies  in to create jobs for the hundreds of the country’s unemployed  Seafarers.  He has every reason to pay attention to the Cabotage Department because of the government interest in it.

He may have set the stage for the good things that  would come in the Industry in the next couple of years as he was  said  to  directed the employment of  some 20  -30  new Staff in the Cabotage Department.

The posting was said to have also affected Hajia Musa Aishatu  Jumai, and Ogadi Anthony.  Hajia Jumai, who was Director,  Administration and Human Resources was said to have been deployed to SERVICOM while Anthony who was Director, Shipping Development  was moved to Head Research and Data Management.

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Others are Mr. Odusanya .O.A., who was said to have have been moved from  Head  Financial services to Head, Internal Audit, while  Blaji  Kehinde Bernice was transferred as Head , Protocol to Deputy Director, Servicom. The mass transfere that was said to have been carried out by the new NIMASA Management Team  was said to have  touched  Kurahson B.Inuwa, Coordinator, NMRDC, at the Kirikiri office. He was deployed  to the agency Head office at No. 4, Burma Road, as Head  Shipping Development  while Hamman  Mary  ,was said to have swerved position as Assistant Director , Shipping Development to Assistant Director Cabotage.

The only lucky person in this first phase of redeployment exercise was  Abyss Olayemi Adegboyega, Director, Western Zone, who was said to have retained his position. Many believe that Jamoh  could make the changes ithin a space of one week because he has observed the affected  Staff over the last three years and knew where they could be better used in the Organisation to achieve  result.

The affected Staff in the redeployment exercise   were said to have been directed to prepare their handover note which must be ready on or before Monday, March 23, 2020, in order to relocate to their new office.

Insiders told The Value News that second phase of the redeployment exercise would be more holistic as almost all the Deputy  and Assistant Directors would be affected. The era of Director General’s favoured Staff  to be kept in a particular Department, according to a source  is over. This is because of the believe  of the new NIMASA  Director General that to attain the rank of a Head of Department,  an Assistant Director, Deputy or Director  , the  Staff should be made to move  round  all the Department to know more about  the mandate of the agency and how to go about.’’ It is the new Revolution in NIMASA’’, a ship owner had said. The changes , particular, in the shipping and Cabotage Department  may not be too good for  most officials of the indigenous and  foreign shipping  who had penetrated these  Departments  in the past to flout the nation’s shipping policies without being punished.   

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