NIMASA: Jamoh Takes Pride On His Achievements

By Stephen Ubanna

 Barely one week for President Muhammadu Buhari  who had appointed Bashir Jamoh, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, on March 10, 2020, to handover to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state and  thePresident-elect on the platform of ruling All progressive Congress, APC, the NMASA, Director General, appears to have  taken a step to honor the outgoing Nigerian President with new maritime security projects.

 The NIMASA, Director General, may have taken a cue from Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Industries, whose company’s $19 billion Refinery and Petrochemical plant located at the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos, the nation’s Commercial nerve centre   was Commissioned by the Katsina state born Nigerian President on Monday, May 22, 2023, to also Commission some security enhancing projects at its Apapa operational base that would further enhance security   at the Nigerian maritime domain.

While the Nigerian President had given priority to the Dangote refinery and Petrochemical plant as a project dear to his heart to Commission it, Mua’u Jaji Sambo, an Engr. and minister of Transportation , was said to have Commissioned  the newly acquired  security gadgets  expected’’ to enhance  Communication between  the agency operational base  at Apapa and  vessels in Nigerian waters,. The Commissioned NIMASA   security facilities by the minister of Transportation included   five enforcement boats and four ferries.

The outgoing minister of Transportation  was said to have also Commissioned    an ultra-modern  Search and Rescue  Base clinic, a multi-purpose hall and an Administrative block   that was said to have been  built by the  Jamoh led  NIMASA Management  at the agency  Kirikiri operational base.

The  Taraba state born politician and minister of Transportation , who could not hide his feelings over the impressive performance of Jamoh, the NIMASA , Chief Executive Officer, CEO, and his Management Team , over the last three years , had said that ‘’the new facilities  would have tremendous positive impacts  on the agency   Blue economy project’’, particular,  now that the government is seeking  more vibrant ways  of diversifying the nation’s economy.

He was emphatic that ‘’maritime remains the catalysts for the country’s growth’’, stressing that ‘’we must do all we can to ensure that the sector remains viable to local and foreign investors’’.  He noted that that ‘’if the country want to benefit from the potentials of the Blue economy, we must be able ‘’to invent wheel   that would boost the confidence of investors in the country’s maritime domain ‘’.

NIMASA Newly Acquired Five Security Boats

 Engr.Sambo, the minister of Transportation ,  had told stakeholders at the Commissioning of the Communication gadgets and buildings  that the agency efforts to bring the projects  to fruition  would make  significant  positive impacts  on the decisions  of investors  in the nation’s maritime domain.

The minister was said to have given special attention to the enforcement boats in his speech. Hear him: I am aware of the impact these boats would have in NIMASA, achieving its regulatory mandate as enshrined in the Law setting up the agency.

According to him, with the Commissioning of the five enforcement boats, would force those who have plans of carrying out nefarious activities like the Pirates and sea thieves  in the country ‘s maritime domain this time around to have a rethink to avoid playing into Jamoh’s men hand patrolling the   Nigerian waters  on a daily basis.

He averred that the NIMASA, additional security platforms would go a long way ‘’to enforce Compliance  of regulations’’, noting that it would also further’’ enhance  security in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea in order for maritime businesses to thrive’’.

Jamoh, the NIMASA, CEO, who was said to have been  welcomed to the podium with a resounding applause to speak by stake holders  at the  all-important event, had said  that that  the Commissioned  security boats would ensure that ‘’the agency  sustains  its leadership  role  in the African Continent maritime  sector’’ .

He opined that going by what the agency has achieved over the last three years, its maritime security architecture would continue to be felt in the Gulf of Guinea and entire African   maritime sector.  G

The agency may have  have embarked on  the multi-million dollar  investments  in the Communication gadgets,  alongside the enforcement boats ,  not only add  more value  to the country’s maritime  security architecture , but also enhance  its primary role of  Port and Flag  State Administration .

He asserted that  ‘’the Search and Rescue  Base Clinic    built by the agency    was  to meet  the basic requirements  of the International Maritime Organisation , a United Nation, UN’s maritime agency, since  Nigeria is host  to the Regional  Maritime  Rescue  Coordination Center for the West and Central African sub-regions.

He was said to have stated   that ‘’maritime cannot thrive without effective  Search and Rescue , to ensure that when accidents occur , the agency would be able respond  promptly’’.  Giving an inside information of the  SAR, for the West and Central African sub-regions,  he disclosed that  it is domiciled in Nigeria  but the agency still have  SARBC,  to complement its activities in the two regions.

He may have gladdened the heart of stakeholders when he confirmed  that  the agency has  upgraded  the SAR clinic  to the standards  that would ensure that   it meets  up  with rescue centers  of global  repute.  

 Describing the  agency Search and Rescue clinic as another  giant stride  of the current  Management Team  for the country’s maritime sector, because it meets international standards and could serve more  purposes  of taking more patients  within and outside the maritime sector,  he insists that  ‘’the issue of health  must always be at the front burner’’ at the nation’s maritime sector.

 Last week,  Jamoh and his Management had achieved a  major feat at Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT,  as its newly  acquired  office  was Commissioned  by Engr. Sambo, the minister of Transportation . The Commissioning of  the newly acquired , office, at the FCT, Osagie Edward, an Assistant Director and the agency spokesperson, had said would bring to an ‘’end a decade of  operating  from a rented  facility at the FCT.