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NIMASA DG, JAMOH EMERGES WINNER OF 2020, ZIK PRICE IN PUBLIC POLICY

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By Innocent Orok

The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Yusuf Jamoh has been named winner of the 2020, Zik Prize in Public Policy.

Making the announcement on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, in Lagos, the Chairman, Selection Committee of Zik Prize 2020, Professor Pat Utomi said the capacity of the Director General of NIMASA to have extensively managed the restructuring, reformation and repositioning of NIMASA earned him the prestigious award.

Prof Utomi stated that the Deep Blue Project and the Blue Economy initiatives, Dr Jamoh “continues to champion have brought massive gains to the agency and the nation’s economic diversification goals.”

The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in its second quarter 2021 report had disclosed that piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, which had in recent times become the global epicentre for sea piracy, fell to the lowest since Q2, 2019 after Jamoh started enforcing the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also known as the Deep Blue Project.

Aside Dr Jamoh, two other illustrious Nigerian technocrats that also won the 2020 Zik Prize in Public Policy includes; Dr Akinwunmi Ayodeji Adesina, the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group. A 1st class scholar and bold reformer too.

Dr Adesina was also a former Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, who the innovative electronic wallet system that he introduced ended 40 years of corruption in the fertiliser sector. The High 5s and the Africa Investment Forum initiatives that he has introduced as AFDB President have been a massive success.

Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari, the Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will also join, Dr Jamoh and Dr Adesina to receive the 2020 Zik Prize in Public Policy.

In the political leadership category, former Secretary to the Federal Government of the Federation and former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim; and Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora were announced winners.

The 2020 Zik Prize for Professional Leadership went to Mr. U.K. Eke MFR, the Group Managing Director of FBN Holdings Plc; and Mr. Uche Orji the pioneer MD/CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

While the 2020 Zik Prize for Humanitarian Leadership went to Her Excellency, Mrs. Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, a former first lady of Akwa Ibom State, who her Family Life Enhancement Initiative (FLEI) has continues to provide succour to the vulnerable in Akwa Ibom State.

The Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, and Governor Abdullahi Sule, of Nasarawa State also won the 2020 Zik Prize in Good Governance.

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