By Godwin Oritse
NEWLY appointed Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Temisan Omatseye, has said that his administration willÂ transform the Nigerian maritime sector into a force to be reckoned with amongst the comity of maritime nations.
Giving this assurance at a brief formal handing over ceremonyÂ in Lagos last week,Â Omatseye solicited the supported of every stakeholders in the industry to contribute their quoter with a view to growing indigenous capacity.
He noted thatÂ the challenges facing the administration of the Nigerian Maritime industry are formidable, multifaceted and several of them long_standing. â€œThe problems we as players in this sector contend with are as many_sided and multifarious as the stakeholder perspectives.
So a core part of our strategy will be to engage our stakeholders, dialogue with our maritime constituencies the Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Shippersâ€™ Council, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN), ISAN (Indigenous Shipownersâ€™ Association of Nigerian), maritime labour, Senate Committee on Marine Transport and, definitely, our Federal Ministry of Transport.Â When all is said and done, our national maritime constituency of industry players want to see resultsâ€, the new NIMASA Chief Executive stated.
He said that his team was determined to get results for the shipping sector, disclosing that the present management will be embarking on a four_day retreat to brainstorm in coming out with an articulated vision and roadmap for the agency.
On allegations that he was sponsored into office by powerful politicians especially the former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, Omatseye said: â€œChief Ibori is the former Governor of my state (Delta), I respect him and pray for him as my faith dictates but it is God that gives position and powerâ€.
The reins of office were handed over to Omatseye by the Executive Director, Maritime Safety and Shipping Development, Mr. Ishyaku Shekarau, who held the same position in the former management.
Meanwhile the Senate Committee on Marine Transport is reported to have passed NIMASAâ€™s 2009 budget.
The budget was passed penultimate Friday, two days after the dissolution of the immediate past NIMASA Executive Management.