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NIMASA DG gets second term appointment

By on November 2, 2014

President Goodluck Jonathan has re-appointed the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Safety and Administration Agency, Mr. Ziakede Akpobolokemi, for another four-year term.

A statement by the Deputy Director and Head of Public Relations, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, said the re-appointment, was conveyed in a letter dated October 13, 2014 and signed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim. The re-appointment is expected to become effective from December 23, 2014.

It read, “Akpobolokemi’s re-appointment has been widely acclaimed as a recognition of his outstanding performance as the DG/CEO of NIMASA in the past four years.

“In his first term, he has repositioned the maritime sector and made it an important pillar in the nation’s economy. This has resulted in a new wave of improved maritime safety and security, creating an enabling environment for maritime business as a great contributor to the nation’s economy to thrive, a remarkable development that has been widely acknowledged by the International Maritime Organisation.

“Under his leadership, NIMASA achieved full maritime domain awareness through enhanced surveillance of the maritime environment with the introduction of a satellite surveillance system which covers the entire Gulf of Guinea and beyond.”

The statement said the agency had procured various platforms and electronic surveillance equipment through a Public Private Partnership arrangement for a round-the-clock monitoring of the Nigerian maritime domain.

As the nodal agency for the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security code, NIMASA is also said to have successfully ensured adequate compliance towards safe and secure port facilities in the country.