The top management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has commenced a retreat to draw a roadmap for the development of the Nigerian maritime sector.
The roadmap, which is in fulfilment of the promise of the Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside to stakeholders, is aimed at engendering a conducive atmosphere for the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime industry.
Themed ‘Repositioning NIMASA for the Sustainable Development of the Nigerian maritime Sector’, the three-day retreat is expected to develop strategies that would reposition NIMASA and indeed the maritime sector and draw a Medium Term Growth Strategy for the sector.
Speaking at the opening of the retreat, the Director General highlighted five areas of critical importance for the Management to include Survey, Inspection and Certification Transformation programme; Security, Emergency and Search and Rescue Transformation programme as well as Capacity Building Initiatives which entail growing indigenous tonnage, ship building and human capacity.
Others are Digital Transformation Strategy; and Structural and Cultural reforms including changes to work ethic and attitude of staff as well as processes and procedures.
The DG, who observed that on assumption of duty, he met a workforce in NIMASA that was knowledgeable, competent and patriotic, however, regretted that the Agency had unfortunately delved into politics which brought about divisions in its workforce.