By Innocent Orok
There is a new frontal initiatives going on in the Nigeria’s apex maritime regulatory agency, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), that is “Collabos”.
At the last count the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Yusuf Jamoh has visited over ten Agencies and Ministries Heads to campaign for a new strategic collaborations to develop the Nigerian maritime sub -sector of the economy.
Barely seven months in office as the helmsman at the Maritime House, Burma Road in Apapa, Lagos State, Dr Bashir Jamoh has paid courtesy visits to , the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Ibok -Ette Ekwe Ibas, the Inspector General of Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Mohammed Adamu, the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Mele Kyari among others.
Among the maritime parastatals under the Federal Ministry of Transportation, NIMASA is leading the ‘Collabos’ initiatives which has for the first time in the history of the sector created a monthly joint meetings among its sister agencies, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron.
This NIMASA new drive for strategic collaboration has also created an avenue for other stakeholders and international communities to seek working relationship with the agency, such was the recent visit of the Consul General , Embassy of Republic of Korea in Nigeria, Kim In- Teak to NIMASA who pledged to partner with the agency to develop the sector. Also, the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Duoye Diri recently visited the agency to seek working partnership to develop the maritime potentials of the state among others.
It is pertinent to note that, this is the first time such robust collaborative efforts to bring all agencies related to the maritime sector one way or the by any NIMASA ,DG. It is also on record that , this is the first time agencies under the Federal Ministry of Transportation have decided on their own to be holding monthly meetings to synergized and address challenges affecting the sector jointly. Though, these efforts are yet to address the myriads of problems affecting the growth of the industry, it a step in the right direction by the agencies.
While one may commend the new zeal by the NIMASA , DG to address the myriads of problems affecting the growth of the maritime industry, its good to note that , he cannot do it alone.
For his efforts to yield the need change, other agencies of government must reciprocate his kind gestures to see the sector achieving the long awaited dividends.
It is our firm believe that, if Dr Bashir Jamoh of NIMASA is holistically and patriotically supported by, Hadiza Bala Usman, MD of NPA, Hassan Bello, ES CEO of, NSC, Dr George Moghalu, MD of NIWA, Comdr.Emmanuel Effedua, Rector of MAN, Oron in his leading role to better the the Nigerian maritime sector, then , there will be a new order in the industry.
In other words, if the agencies in the maritime sector are in one accord working towards the same goal,is then, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Mele Kyari, the CGC of Customs, Hameed Ali, IGP of Police, Mohammed Adamu, CNS, Ibok Ette Ibas among others will key into the ‘Collabo’ for a stronger synergy. Of course if the case is opposite, as the common saying goes “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand”. This is the time for all the maritime agencies to stand and fight together to liberate the sector to attend its leading role like other maritime sectors across the globe.
While we expect the other maritime agencies heads to work collectively together in this new drive, we expect the NIMASA DG to visit the two maritime training institutions ,Nigerian Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko, Delta State and the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom state.
A visit by the NIMASA DG will avail him the on the spot opportunity to know where to deploy its resources to rescue the institutions. Of course, the NIMASA boss also knows the role of Seafarers training in the maritime sector.
No doubt, it looks as if there will be a light at the end of the tunnel for the maritime sub- sector, if the efforts by the NIMASA DG is been supported by all.
But, there are fears also that, due to the individualistic style of operations associated with the agencies, the Collaboration efforts of the NIMASA boss may only by a jamboree.
For our hard working DG of NIMASA, I want to leave you with this quote from Orison Swett Marsden ” Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, with the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds”. More power to your Elbow.