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Maritime: Why Jamoh Is Committed To Capacity Building In NIMASA, By Launching The e-Library

By Stephen Ubanna

The dearth of knowledge based  reference  materials and periodicals for research works in the knowledge  based Nigerian maritime   industry to properly tackle the  Security, Maritime development, Shipping development and other  challenges  within the next four years may have informed  why Bashir Jamoh, Director General, Ngerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency , NIMASA, has taken up the bold initiative to establish a functional  e-library for the agency.

He may have further been  encouraged to establish the e- Library because of his unwavering  Commitment to Capacity- building .The NIMASA e-Library  which is situated at the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development , Centre, NMRDC, in Lagos, the nation’s Commercial nerve centre, was said to have been officially launched amidst celebration in the busy agency.

The NIMASA Director General may have found it convenient to site the knowledge based e-Library because of the location as  it was designed  as a training  institution  for the nation’s maritime industry. Described to be in the category of the Armed Forces  Command and Staff Collge, Jaji, Kaduna state, north west Nigeria, which serves  as a training facility  for the security agencies personnel,  Jamoh, the NIMASA, boss is optimistic that’’ the purpose of establishing the  facility  would be realised’’.

Giving an insider information of  the e-Library, he disclosed that  it was designed  with a 44-apartment guest house where Faculties  and students  can students  can reside  comfortably to do their research work without any distraction.

The e-Library  project ,  was said to have been setup by the Jamoh led NIMASA Management in less than one year of  mounting the saddle as the Director General of the  agency with the expiration of the first term in office, which is four  years, of Dakuku Peterside , his predecessor  but not renewed for a second term by President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressive  Congress, APC, government.

Note that he was elevated from the  position of the agency Executive Director , Finance andAdmministration and to the enviable position  of the Director General last March to sustain the tempo of development in the industry initiated under the previous Managent because of his deep knowledge of the industry.  

Jamoh, And Others Going Through The Periodicals In The NIMASA e- Library Shelf

 An elated Jamoh, who could not hide his feelings had said   while declaring  open the e- Library, that ‘’as a knowledge –based industry  with huge opportunities, the agency has no option but but to opn up  such a Library in order y to encourage more research work  in the nation’s maritime sector to enable it reach its full potential’’.  The good news was that the NMRDC, where the e-Library was located  has a world-class  training centre and other facilities, which the NIMASA Director General said , ‘’can compete  with the  best of such facilities in any other maritime nation. Or Training Institution.

Jamoh, who was the Author of  the seven chapter book,’’ Harnessing  Nigeria’s Maritime Assets’’, described as’’ a great insight into the nation’s maritime industry and moral courage’’  by Vanguard Newspapers,  which  was based on extensive  research work had said  that the agency could not afford to be  left  behind in this knowledge-based industry.

 This may have informed why he  upgraded the agency research Library at NMRDC, beyond the  physical looks  to the electronic one, which is in vogue in major maritime organisations and Training Institutions  the world over.

NIMASA e-Library

Many believe that the virtual   nature of the Library  would make  the accessibility  of reading materials  seamless from any part of the world  with a touch of the button  on one’s phone .  The NIMASA Director General who may have done  his calculation before going into the venture is optimistic that it would help the country to diversify  its economy  and reduce considerably its dependence  on oil sales for its Foreign Exchange earnings.

An eyewitness Account who watched the launching of the Maritime Regulatory agency e-Library, disclosed that it is stuffed with the latest e-maritime books including the  . International Maritime Organistation , IM,  publications and operating laws.  The NIMASA Director General who was accompanied in the official opening of the e-Library by some of the Management Team members had alluded to the fact  that  the Library was equipped  ‘’to bridge  the knowledge gap in the industry’’.

 He noted that ‘’by the official opening of the agency e-Library, it has shown beyond rhetoric  that ‘’the agency is committed  to bequeathing  treasured  assets  to Nigeria, Africa and  the global maritime Community in general’’. Among the members of the Management who were said to have joined the Director General in Comissioning the e-Library were Shehu Ahmed, Executive Director Operations, Anthony Ogadi, who was said to have represented  Chudi Ofodile,  Executive Director, Finance and Administration and Aisha Askira, the Head of the agency Library.

Jamoh: DG, NIMASA And Maritime Posterboy

Given a clue as to why the agency invested in the knowlege based facility, the NIMASA BOSS said ‘’it would help to preserve the nation’s maritime history  and  advance the industry , as it would  warehouse  lotS of reference materials’’. Hear him: Libraries  are not just facilities  for warehousing books  and periodicals  but they are also important cornerstones  of a healthy Community.  He noted that’’ it is more than being  storage spaces for books, as it  serves  as centres of learning , Professional development and healthcare, among other benefits’’.

Philip Kaynet, a Deputy Director and the agency Head of  Corporate Communications who had described  the establishment  of the e-Librar  ‘’as a welcome development said it will encourage the bright minds in the agency to speech up their research works and come out with results as the reference materials needed for their work  are now within their reach’’.

 Many believe thatJamoh, the NIMASA, Director General, who enjoys reading and writing may be challenged to  write another maritime  book  being at the helms of Affairs  the agency which exposed him to the operations of the nation’s maritime industry, particular, tackling piracy in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Gulf of Guinea.

Until Jamoh came up with the  idea of the e-Library for NIMASA, the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, under the close watch of Hajia Hadiza Bala Usman,  had such a facility which had warehoused archival materials including  pictures  of the Authority and the Premier port, Apapa, since its establishment in 19954 and other  related  reference materials as well as vi the video clips.  The Authority had  lost all the archival materials to hoodlums who invaded the Corporate Headquarters  at Marina , Lagos, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, in the guise of the  END SARS  protest and set ablaze  some floors of the six story building including the first floor where  the reference materials  are warehoused. It was a big blow to the agency as Rotimi Amaechi, minister of Transportation, who had visited  the NPA building to see things himself, after several weeks of the unfortunate attack,  had said that the attackers must be brought to book.   A political talk , you call it.  

Stephen Ubanna

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