Some port stakeholders who in 2019 performed creditably towards the growth of the nation’s port industry will on Saturday, January 18, 2020 be honoured by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in Lagos.
The stakeholders will the following awards – Most Compliant ISPS Offshore and Onshore Facility, Best Terminal and Jetty Operator; Best Maritime Training Institution, Best Shipping Company (Marine Environment Management), Overall Shipping Company, Best Cabotage Operator, Company with Largest Combined Tonnages and Best Maritime Financing Banks among other categories of awards.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA, noted that the honours are to extol the role of the stakeholders in assisting the agency achieve its mandate over the years.
Peterside disclosed that part of the aim of organising the annual programme is to encourage industry players to keep striving to ensure global best practices are imbibed in their various activities, attract more investors that will help open up the blue economy and to also ensure compliance to maritime regulations, thereby making Nigeria a force to reckon with in the comity of maritime nations.
“Over the years, our stakeholders have made us proud and put us on our toes as there will be no NIMASA without the shipping community and vice versa. There have been times of criticisms, sanctions and enforcement; all these were geared towards ensuring the right thing is done and laid down rules and regulations are adhered to. We must therefore reward hard work and encourage more investments in the maritime sector by appreciating those who have done well, hence we are organising this auspicious event”, the DG said.
The award ceremony will also be an opportunity to reward staff who have contributed meritoriously to the service Agency, ranging from fifteen to thirty years.