NIMASA re-strategizes for effective maritime security

Hauwa Mustapha

Dakuku Peterside

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside says ensuring security in the maritime industry requires careful planning and stringent implementation.

Dr Peterside, stated this during the closing ceremony of a five-day training programme tagged “Train the trainer” facilitated by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on ISPS code compliance in Lagos.

He said that the Agency was very committed to improving the fortunes of Nigeria by creating an enabling environment for a business friendly and secure environment.

The NIMASA DG, who acknowledged the International Co-operation Unit of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), explained that a fact finding team visited Nigeria earlier in the year, to conduct a needs assessment where a number of gaps were identified.

This, according to the DG. necessitated the training, with a view to addressing some of the gaps identified.

“I guess that in the course of this exercise, we have learned that good security requires planning and stringent implementation. I know that in the course of this training, the seed of co-operation and collaboration between NIMASA as Designated Authority (DA) for ISPS Code Implementation in Nigeria, our sister government Agencies such as Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and the Federal Ministry of Transportation has been planted.

My expectation and desire of the leadership of these Agencies is that it will grow and blossom, A tripartite series of planned training programmes is expected to culminate with the lead auditors training, which will place you the drivers of the system at the cutting edge of professionalism in ISPS code implementation,” Dr Peterside said.

On his part, Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi said the training programme, would enhance security at the nation’s ports.

Executive directors resume

Meanwhile, following the new appointment of a Governing Board for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Executive Directors have assumed their respective duties.

Mr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh is the Executive Director Finance and Administration; Mr. Joseph Oluwarotimi Fashakin is the Executive Director, Maritime Safety and Shipping Development while Mr. Gambo Ahmed is the Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services.

The Executive Director Finance and Administration, Mr. Jamoh was until this appointment. the Assistant Director in NIMASA in charge of Training and Development and has over 25 years of public service experience.

He had served in the Kaduna State Government before transferring his services to the then National Maritime Authority (NMA) in 1994.

Currently a Ph.D student of the University of Port Harcourt specializing in Logistics and Transport Management, Mr. Jamoh also holds a Masters degree in Management from the Korea Maritime and Ocean University in South Korea with a Diploma in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

Mr. Joseph Oluwarotimi Fashakin, the Executive Director in charge of Maritime Safety and Shipping Development is a consummate Engineering and Project Management Professional having graduated from the University of Ife with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and the Project Management Institute, USA.

Mr. Fashakin’s working experience spans nearly three decades mostly in the private sector.

He was at various times Project Manager, MTN Nigeria; Chief Operating Officer, Hybrid Systems Engineering Ltd and Technical Manager, Mobile Telecommunication Services.

He is a Member of the Nigeria Society of Engineers and Project Management Institute of the United States of America.

Mr. Gambo Ahmed, the Executive Director of Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services holds a Bachelor’s degree in (Business Administration) Actuarial Science from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a Masters in Banking & Finance from the Bayero University Kano.

Mr. Ahmed started out as an Investment Banker with NAL Merchant Bank Limited before proceeding to become first, the Principal Secretary to the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, and later the Principal Private Secretary to the Kaduna State Governor from 1980.

He later returned to NAL Bank PLC where he served and rose to the position of Executive Director; retiring in 2006 following the Banking Consolidation which saw the merger of NAL with four other banks to form Sterling Bank Plc.

He was also a Director and later Chairman, Board of Directors of Mainstreet Bank Limited from August 2012 to December, 2014 following his nomination by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) and subsequent approval by the CBN.

Mr. Ahmed is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers.