The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, also known as NIMASA, recently inaugurated its brand new zonal office in Abuja.
At the event on Tuesday, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, stated that the role that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency plays in the realization of Nigeria’s economic potential cannot be overstated.
In addition, he stated that there is an urgent requirement to put in place strategic and concrete structures that, in the years to come, will result in the production of quantifiable and intangible dividends.
The minister was quoted as saying that
“As a country on the verge of an economic renaissance, with boundless opportunities in its maritime domain, the role of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency cannot be understated in the delivery of Nigeria’s economic potential,” said the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.However, in order for us as a nation to reach our full potential, there is an urgent requirement for us to put in place strategic and concrete structures that, in the years to come, will yield dividends that are both measurable and intangible in nature.
“As we raise the flag to start the commissioning of all completed projects by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, what will become apparent for all to see is the intentionality, commitment, and focus of the federal government of Nigeria to ensure that the proper foundation is put in place so that as a people, we can continuously build towards a greater tomorrow. ”
“Today, we have gathered here to officially inaugurate the NIMASA Abuja Zonal Office, which was recently acquired. I can assure you that the acquisition of this office is not to fulfil another bureaucratic justification; rather, it is due to the responsibilities and functions that the zonal office plays in discharging NIMASA’s mandate. At the same time, there may be those who will raise questions about the need for a Maritime Administration to secure an office in Abuja, where there is no ocean. This is something that may be questioned by some individuals.
“The Abuja Zonal Office serves as the nexus point between the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Federal Ministry of Transportation, the National Assembly, and all other relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as critical stakeholders like the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), amongst others.”
Also speaking was the Director-General of NIMASA, Bashir Jamoh, who stated that “Work place and working environment is crucial to every business enterprise. Imagine that you are living in a rented place and the landlord asks you to park out every time, when you have plenty to maintain a property and you can live in peace.” As a result, our goal is to establish NIMASA on a groundwork of reliability. This office was established in 1987, and the Abuja office continues to function as a cardinal office, meaning that it interfaces with the operations of other agencies; however, we do not have an office environment. Therefore, the most important thing is to make sure that we keep the same level of sanctity in terms of productivity so that we can increase economic growth and development.
The maritime regional bank will probably be located in this building in the near future.