By Godwin Oritse
The newly appointedÂ Â Â Director General ofÂ the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Mr. Temisan Raymond Omatseye has said that professionalisation and modernisation of the Agency will be the core value of his administration.
Mr. Omatseye made the declaration at his maiden meeting with the Agencyâ€™s Management Staff in Lagos shortly after assuming duties.
The DG expressed gratitude to President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua for his appointment and stated that his administration will be committed to result oriented actions which will include far reaching consultations to translate Nigeria â€™s economic maritime potentials into a powerhouse to be reckoned with.
In his words â€œGrowing indigenous capacity through the full implementation of Cabotage; facilitating tonnage volume, and positioning the maritime industry as a major contributor to federal revenue and national development are the focus of our administration. These programmes will be performance driven, value centric and impactfulâ€
The NIMASA DG also declared that his administration will pursue a robust set of strategic initiatives aligned to President Umaru Musa Yar Aâ€™duaâ€™s seven point Agenda and the overall thrust of the Federal Ministry of Transport.
Mr. Omatseye holds a Masters Degree with specialization in Maritime Law. He is highly experienced in ship building, and repair, fabrication, crewing and vessel financing amongst others.
The new NIMASA DG was a member of the NIMASA/NNPC committee to determine a framework for the workability of Cabotage Act, an Act he worked for its passage as a member of the Nigerian Ship Owners Association.
The appointment of three new Executive Directors for the Agency was also announced. They are Mr Ishaku Shekarau as Executive Director Maritime Safety and Shipping Development, Mr. Adeniran Aderogba as Executive Director Finance and Administration, and Barr. Ibrahim Zailani as Executive Director Maritime Labour and CabotageÂ Services.