Maritime Agencies get new governing board

Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi

A new governing board has been inaugurated enhance the activities of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigeria ports Authority (NPA).

The Minister of Transport Mr. Chibuike Rotimi Ameachi while introducing the two governing board in Abuja, said the development would enable the two deports to function effectively.

Amechi however, urged the board members to come up responsible operational administrative policies in accordance with the government directives to assist the authorities in achieving its aims and objectives.

He said in order to foster an economy that will be robust, transparent, accountable with best international practice, ‘‘the government has embarked on the restructuring and repositioning of various parastatals under the ministry with Nigerian Ports Authority inclusive.’’                                     

Mr Amaechi said the mandates are to construct developed ports, docks, harbours, piers, wharves, invest and deal with monies of the Ports and many other effective mandates.

He further reiterated that, ‘‘it is necessary for the Board members to take note of and work in line with the ‘Guides to Administrative Procedures in the Federal Public Service’ (chapter 7).’’

The Minister emphasised that the confidence reposed on the Governing Board Members of Nigerian Ports Authority by the government is to promote prudence, transparency, accountability, equity and fairness in the discharge of their duties.

On his part, the chairman of the Board members, Mr Jonathan India Garba promised to work diligently in achieving the desired goals and objectives that would benefits the country.