During a recent visit to the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside to inform him of the award, the Chairman, Awards Committee of TELL Magazine, Mr. Babs Alasa said the process leading to the award of Public Organization of the Year to NIMASA began with a call for nominations from the public. He said the nomination brought out three organizations, with NIMASA earning the highest percentage of the votes to beat the other two. “Credibility is key to the process”, he assured.
Accordingly, respondents were of the opinion that
NIMASA under the leadership of Dr. Dakuku Peterside has undergone
total reforms which has seen it playing its expected role as a
facilitator of economic prosperity in the maritime sector, a
position Vice President Yemi Osinbajo corroborated during the
3rd conference of the Association of African Maritime
Administration, (AAMA) which was hosted by NIMASA in conjunction with
the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The recently approved Maritime Security
Architecture and Infrastructure to be jointly coordinated by the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the
Ministry of Transportation and the Office of the National Security
Adviser (NSA) is seen as one major reason Nigerian voted the Agency
as the Public Organization of the year.
In addition, the full automation of all NIMASA
operational processes and the restructuring of the Agency that
has led to semi-autonomous zonal operations so that functions such as
issuance of Sailing Certificates, payment of bills and other
operational procedures decentralized are seen as enhancing the
Federal Government’s ease of doing business initiative to attract
Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria.
Furthermore, the Agency currently undergoing total
rebranding process, has also improved Nigeria’s compliance level of
the International Ships and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code
since becoming the Designated Authority for its implementation in
The present management at NIMASA has intensified
the Agency’s drive to ensure strict ISPS Code compliance and the
result is that Nigeria now has a compliance rate of almost 80% as 114
Port facilities out of the total 145 ports in Nigeria are now fully
ISPS compliant. This is considered a remarkable achievement
considering the fact that NIMASA was only appointed the Designated
Authority for the implementation of ISPS Code in Nigeria barely 5
years ago when compliance level was barely 13%.
Efforts of the Agency to grow human capital
through the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme has also
received wide commendation
So far, 1045 beneficiaries have graduated from
the project, representing 42% graduates of the over 2500 NIMASA
The challenge of sea time which hitherto was a
challenge has now been resolved as Dr. Dakuku and his team have been
able to engage schools in Egypt, United Kingdom (UK) and Turkey to
directly facilitate sea time training for NSDP graduates. 300
graduates are to get their sea time training through Arab academy in
Egypt, over 220 to get sea time facilitated by South Tyneside College
in south shield in the UK, while another 400 will acquire sea time
through training institutions in Turkey.
The Awards according to the organizers, slated
for June 17, 2017 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos also
has as recipients; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who emerged winner in
the National Icon of Democracy category, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross
Rivers State as the Governor of the year, Nigeria’s First Lady,
Mrs. Aisha Buhari as the Woman of the year, and late Dele Giwa as the
all-time “national icon of freedom of speech”, amongst others.