Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, Managing Director, Integrated Oil and Gas and Genesis Shipping, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing a technocrat in person of Dr. Bashir Jamoh as the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), saying the president has finally listened to the cry of the industry.
Captain Ihenacho commended President Buhari on the appointment when he visited Dr. Jamoh in his office at the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos, last week.
“Stakeholders are happy because Dr. Jamoh is somebody who has been in the industry for ages and together with the pedigree of his team we are sure NIMASA would do well to move the industry forward and we have to appreciate President Mahammadu Buhari for giving us this strong team,” Iheanacho stated.
He urged Jamoh and his new management to focus on the agency’s core functions, particularly in the area of safety and sea worthiness of vessels, while taking seriously the issues of maritime labour and promotion of indigenous shipping to help grow the nation’s maritime industry.
Responding, Jamoh thanked the visitor and said he was committed to ensuring that the Nigerian maritime sector gained its rightful place in the comity of successful maritime nations. He assured of the unwavering zeal of the new executive management to ensure that the agency focused on innovative and stakeholder-driven policies.
“We know without the support of stakeholders there is little or nothing we can do. So we urge you to cooperate with us because we are willing and ready to return the Nigeria maritime sector to the place it belongs among the leading maritime communities in the world,” Jamoh assured.