Shake Up In NPA, NIMASA : Bello-Koko, Jamoh And Offodile, Retain Their Jobs

Y Stephen Ubanna

 Barely  two months after President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on the recommendation of Adegboyega Oyetola, a former governor o Osun state and now minister of Marine and Blue Economy, appointed Akuta Pius Ukeyima, as the  Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers Council, NSC, to replace , Emmanuel Jime,  and  Munrudeen  Bola Oyebamiji, to take over from George Moghalu,  of the Nigerian Inland Water Ways Authority, NIWA,  on the recommendation of Adegboyega Oretola , the pendulum appears to have  shifted to the Nigerian Ports Authority , NPA and Nigerian Maritime Administration of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency , NIMASA.

The Nigerian President who had spared Mohammed Bello-Koko, and Bashir Jamoh, both Chief Executive Officers, CEOs, of NPA and NIMASA, was said to have tampered with the two maritime agencies Management team by introducing some fresh hands.

Bello-Koko: NPA, Managing Director

Officials of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, FRCN. Who had wanted Jamoh, the NIMASA helmsman and  Chudidi Offodile,  the agency Executive Director , Finance and Administration may have been disappointed hat their game plan did not work out as planned.  

The Leadership of FRCN, had raised alarm over ‘’the inaccuracy and irregularities in the agency audited financial statements for year ended December, 2018 which was said to have concided when Jamoh , the incumbent Director General of the Maritime regulatory Agency was the Executve Director, Finance and Administration.

.  The Council had suspended the FRC registration number – FRC/201/CI AND/00000016699 of the NIMASA, Director General and also blocked Offodile, the NIMASA Executive Director, Finance and Administration   who has  never registered with the council  from doing so to show that they lack the capacity to do their jobs and to give the President room  to terminate their apointments.


 Suffice it to say that the Nigerian President may have shown that he is not guided by such reports in his recent appointments in into the Management team of PPA and NIMASA. Tthe Lagos state born Nigerian President   had approved the appointments  of Ms Vivian  C.Richard Edet, as NPA , new Executive Director Finance and Admin, Engr. Olalekan Badmus,  who  incidentally had served as Commissioner for Regional Integration  and Special Duities, under the Oyetola’s Administration in Osun state  was said to have made the list of the NPA new Management team as Executive Director, Marine  and Operations,  while Eng. Ibrahim Abba Umar, was appointed the Authority’s  Executive Director, , Engineering and Technical services

At NIMASA, where many had expected the President to drop Offodile, the agency incumbent Executive Director , Finance and Administration, particular, the President was said to have retained him for the position because of his alleged impressive profiles over the last three years.

Offodile: Reappointed ED, F&A, NIMASA By Tinubu

 Other appointees into the NIMASA Management team  on the recommendation of the minister of Marine and Blue Economy by the President  to work with Jamoh, the agency, CEO,  were Engr. Tayemi, Executive Director , Operations,  and Jibril Abba,  Executive Director , Maritime Labour and Cabotage services

According To Ajuri Ngelale, Media Aide to the President had said that   the appointments were approved by him  with the firm believe  that they  will expeditiously  and efficiently execute  on their collective mandate  to create the conditions  required  to significantly  raise  the contribution  of the Marine and Blue Economy  sector of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP.

The Presidential Aide also disclosed that the Nigerian President expects  the appointees into the Management team of NPA and NIMASA , to contribute in transforming the nation’s economy  into ‘’a labour –intensive  and inclusive one  that would create  new opportunities  for all Nigerians  in accordance  with the government New Hope Agenda.

Industry stakeholders are very happy that the Nigerian President has not removed the duo of Bello-Koko and Jamoh, the CEOs of NPA and NIMASA, including Offodile , the NIMASA , Executive Director , Finance and Administration who knows so much about the Blue Economy Project and has  kept an accurate record of the fund generated  from a surcharge  of two percent of the contract  sum performed  by vessels  engaged  in coastal trade  in Nigerian waters . The was said to have also kept a clean record of the monies generated from tariffs, fines and fines  for licenses  and waivers , a sum  that was said to have been periodically approved  by the National Assembly  and interests  that had accrued  from loans  from the fund  between 2004 and now. 

It would be recalled that in December 2022, former President Muhammau Buhari,  had approved  the disbursement of the slightly over  N16 billion  and $350 million fund  to qualified  beneficiaries , as part of the government ‘s Commitment  to grow indigenous ship ownership  and the country’s maritime industry.  

The then Nigerian President  has approved the appointment of  Union Bank, now  Titan Trust Bank , Polaris Bank, United Bank for Africa, UBA, plc , a Pan-African Bank , Zenith Bank and Jaiz Bank  to be the primary Lending  Institution , PLI, for the disbursement  of the fund on the basis of  the CVFF Guidelines, 2006  which was said to have made it clear that an applicant  for the loan from the Fund  shall make an equity  contribution of at least 15%,  of the total cost of the project while the remaining 85%  will be made by NIMASA and the PLIs.

Many believe that that Oyetola, the former Osun state governor who is determined to deliver on the Marine and Blue economy project had known that the disbursement of the slightly over N16 billion and $350 million  would have run into a hitch if the duo of Jamoh and Offodile were removed from NIMAS, that he has allowed the two officials of the agency central to the disbursement of the CVFF stay in their respective positions.

mOreso, the minister needs to tap into the experience of the duo, Bello-Koko and Jamoj, who were said to have deep understanding of the Blue Economy project that have wanted to kick them  out and bring a novince to replace them which may not be to the advantage of the ministry.

He may hav taken advantage  of the Commissioning  of the Nigeria’s Seafarers  Centre, built by NPA  to declare that ‘’it will will help the country’s balance of trae  by promoting export , which is crucial to erning foreign exchange  and strengthening the value of the local currency.

The NIMASA,  boss who is determined to double his efforts to ensure the realization of the Blue Economy project of the Tinubu’s Administration  had said that  for Nigeria  ‘’to earn a portion  of the opportunities  inherent in the Blue economy resource valued at about $2.5 trillion  ‘’there is a need for the country  to maintain  good maritime security for business investment  to thrive.

He had told those that cares to listen  that  the Blue economy project  go beyond shipping, import  and export  trade  but also include fishery, tourism, acquaculture and wind  energy, to name but a few.

An elated Jamoh , who could hide his feelings  had said that having a good  maritime security  will ensure  that Nigeria will not only struggle to earn a portion  of the $2.5 trillion  potential  of the global blue   but  also benefit from economy  from the estimated 350 million global job  opportunities  in the blue economy.  Vintage Oyetola.


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