Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation on Thursday has inaugurated the governing board of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The swearing in ceremony of the Governing Board of NPA and NIMASA took place at the conference hall of the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Abuja.
Amaechi, in his remarks said that they are responsible for setting operational administrative policies in accordance with government policy directives, aimed at assisting NPA and NIMASA to achieve its mandate.
He said that they were charged with the responsibilities of fulfilling the mandate of the Authority to construct, develop ports, docks, harbours, piers, wharves, canals, water courses, embankment, revetment and jetties.
According to him, in order to foster an economy that is robust, transparent, accountable in line with best international practice, FG has embarked on the restructuring and repositioning of various parastatals.
“The FG in its efforts to create an economy that is vibrant and sustainable and in line with best international practice, embarked on restructuring and repositioning of various parastatals under the ministry with NPA and NIMASA inclusive.
“NIMASA has two broad mandates, to promote the development of indigenous commercial shipping capacity in international and coastal shipping trade.
“To also regulate and promote maritime safety, security, marine pollution and maritime labour.
“Your responsibilities as governing board members include setting operational administrative policies in accordance with government policy directives aimed at assisting the agency.
“ To achieve its mandate, your assignment will also involve formulation of broad policies aimed at achieving the set objectives of the agency. “
Amaechi, however, urged the governing board of NIMASA to ensure that the Cabotage Fund was fully utilise for the right purpose with accountability of the fund.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Emmanuel Adesoye, Chairman of NPA Board appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari, for giving them the privilege to serve the nation.
He said that the appointment was received with great enthusiasm and humility which offers them a unique platform to make their collective contributions to advance the nation economy through the ports.
“Indeed the role of NPA in the industrialisation and growth of Nigeria’s economy particularly at this period of economic recession cannot be overemphasized.
“When it is realised that the maritime sector is one of the most important revenue earners after the crude oil sector, it therefore behoves on our board in the performance of its oversight functions.
“To come up with concrete policies capable of rejuvenating the authority with a view to confronting and overcoming its present challenges.’’
He said that their objective was to ensure that NPA was elevated to a higher pedestal that would make it the hub of maritime business in both the West and Central African Sub-region.
Adesoye said the board would be collaborating with the management of the ministry of transportation to ensure speedy passage into law the Ports and Harbour bill at the national assembly.
Also speaking, the Chairman of NIMASA Board, Jonathan Garba said that they would work together to achieve the objectives of setting up NIMASA.
He said that they would look into the defector Maritime Security Implementation and Regulatory Agency and other critical issues to actualise the mandate of NIMASA.
Garba said that they would work diligently to ensure compliance with extant laws to achieve the president vision and mandate of accountability.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the governing board of NPA and NIMASA was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on August 26.
With Emmanuel Adesoye as chairman of the NPA boards, other members are Olasupo Shasore, Suleiman Halilu, Constance Mashal, Umar Shu’aibu, Charles Sylvester and Hadiza Usman, Mohammed Koko, Sekonte Davis, Idris Abubakar and Uche-Okoro.
While, Maj. Gen Jonathan Garba is the Chairman of NIMASA, Adeniyi Osinowo, Bashir Jamoh, Joseph Fashakin, Gambo Ahmed, Asekomhe Kenneth and Mohammed Muazu, Ebele Obi, S. U. Galadanchi, Nene Dike and Dakuku Peterside.