By Ajibola Abayomi,
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has urged professional bodies in the country to support Government programmes aimed at revamping the nation’s economy.
This charge was given when members of the Lagos State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) led by its Chairman, Olusegun McMedal, paid a courtesy call to the agency’s headquarters on Tuesday.
Dakuku who was represented by the Executive Director Operations, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin said that at a time when the nation is diversifying its resources towards ensuring a virile economy, all professionals must rise up to the task by synergizing with Government in rendering professional advise where necessary.
He further stressed that NIMASA as an Agency of Government is open to collaboration with professional bodies on how to reposition the Maritime industry as a major contributor to the national economy. He urged them to always help to portray a positive image of the Agency by highlighting its achievements and programmes.
He said with the approval of Government, NIMASA is being restructured for effective discharge of her mandate evident by the recent redeployment exercise in the Agency. “We will empower our Zones in order to allow Stakeholders carry out their activities instead of coming to the headquarters. This is to fast track Government business to meet the yearnings of the public for better service delivery”, the DG assured.
The Dakuku Peterside led Management recently commenced a restructuring exercise to refocus the Agency towards achieving its core mandate which amongst others is the provision of enabling environment for safe and secure shipping.