The Honourable Minister For Transportation, Engr Mu’azu Jaji Sambo on Sunday said that the Ministry of Transportation is committed to institutionalising policies that will lead to Nigeria’s economic renaissance.
Sambo said this at the commissioning of the NIMASA completed projects in Lagos.
“We are gathered here today in continuation of the Commissioning of Completed projects by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.
“On the 16th of May 2023, we gathered in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to commission the newly acquired NIMASA Abuja Zonal Office and to show the good people of Nigeria our relentless commitment to the delivery of good governance through our deliberate and concentrated efforts at institutionalizing policies and structures that will lead to Nigeria’s economic renaissance.
“Today’s ceremony serves to further reinforce our commitment, as the projects to be commissioned are directly tied to the mission of NIMASA which is to achieve and sustain safe, secure shipping, cleaner oceans and enhanced maritime capacity in line with the best global practices towards Nigeria’s economic development.
“To be commissioned here today are Five (5) state-of-the-art Enforcement Platforms that will ensure strict compliance and adherence with the extant laws governing the operations of our Maritime Domain.
“These platforms will give NIMASA the much-needed tools required to function as a Maritime Administration in line with the protocols and conventions of the International Maritime Organization and International Labour Organization to which NIMASA represents Nigeria as its contracting government.
“Additionally, we shall be commissioning 4 Staff Ferries. These Ferries were acquired to increase the overall efficiency and productivity of the staff of the Agency, by creating a more conducive means of transportation to and from official assignments, thereby bypassing the hassles that are associated with the operational terrain of the Ports.
“We shall also be commissioning other key NIMASA infrastructures such as the renovated Administrative Block, the NIMASA Multipurpose Hall and the NIMASA Search and Rescue Clinic of the Nigerian Maritime Resources Development Centre, in addition to the NIMASA Search and Rescue Base Clinic at Azare Crescent Apapa, and Communication Gadgets for enhanced maritime security. After which we shall proceed to the groundbreaking at the construction site of the NIMASA Skill Acquisition Centre, Lagos.
“The completion of the just mentioned projects by NIMASA shows the agency’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of Nigerian waters, as the newly renovated Administrative block will create a conducive work environment, thereby increasing the productivity of the staff, the Search and Rescue Clinics will enable the agency to fulfil its obligations to seafarers and the general public by providing top-notch medical care facilities, and the newly acquired Communication Gadgets will enable the agency’s enforcement and search and rescue operators communicate in real-time without any hindrance or interference while conducting their operations at sea.
“As the supervisory Ministry, we will continue to give our support to NIMASA as she continues down this commendable path to ensuring the growth of maritime in Nigeria.
“As stated during the commissioning of the Abuja Zonal office, we commit ourselves to the supervisory role that would create enabling operational regimes for the Agencies and Departments under the FMOT.
“At this juncture, let me again commend the Director General/CEO of NIMASA Dr. Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, the Board of the Agency, members of the Executive Management, Top Management and Staff of NIMASA, the Permanent Secretary and Directors of the Federal Ministry of Transportation and the contractors for the successful delivery of these projects which will hopefully serve the good people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It is now my pleasure to commission these projects for improved service delivery, maritime safety and security enhancement and economic development. Thank you and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.