JUST IN: NIMASA refutes nepotismclaim, says structure based on merit and professionalism

Our attention has been drawn to a publication in an online medium “Ships and Ports” with allegations of nepotism against the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA under the leadership of Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR. I wish to state categorically that this publication is subjective, smirking mischief, skewed to achieve the goals of the fabricator, and meant to mislead Nigerians.

It is worthy of note that the Agency’s approved organogram has 9 directorates and 11 autonomous units. At present NIMASA has 12 Directors with all but one of them promoted under Jamoh’s administration.

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The breakdown shows that 5 are from South South, 3 from South West, 2 from South East and 1 each from North East and North West. We wish to put on record that the two Directors promoted this year were both from Southern Nigeria. This implies that the ratio of the Agency’s Director from South to North is 10:2, representing over 83% Southern Directors, as against less than 17% Northern Directors.

The Directors of Marine Environment Management Department, Special Duties, Data Management Services, Deep Blue and Secretary General of Abuja MoU are all from the South South geopolitical zone. The South West has Directors of Internal Audit, SERVICOM, and Maritime Labour Services Western Zone, while the Directors of Cabotage and Planning and Research Departments are from the South East. The North East and North West have one Director each, heading the Western Zonal Region and the Reform Coordination Unit respectively.

It is imperative to note that competent professionals from Southern Nigeria are heading seven (7) out of the eleven (11) autonomous Units of the Agency including the Agency’s spokesperson who is from South-South geopolitical Zone.

While we urge media practitioners to always cross check their facts before going to press, the allusion by Messrs Ships and Ports that the Agency has an office in Jos, Plateau State is misleading. This is a misrepresentation of facts, which is capable of misinforming the public, as the Agency has never operated an office in Plateau State.  

APPENDIX

S/NNAMESPORTFOLIOGEO POLITICAL ZONE
1.Mr. Heaky DimowoDirector, Marine Environment ManagementSouth South
2.Mr. Isichei OsamgbiDirector, Special Duties (External Relations & Technical Cooperation)South South
3.Engr. Chris AmakuloDirector, Data Management ServicesSouth South
4.Mr. Otonye ObomDirector, Deep BlueSouth South
5.Captain Sunday UmorenDirector & Secretary General Abuja, MoUSouth South
6.Mrs. Olamide OdusanyaDirector, Internal AuditSouth West
7.Kehinde BolajiDirector, SERVICOMSouth West
8.Mrs. Olubusola Akande-ObasanjoDirector, Maritime Labour Services, Western ZoneSouth West
9.Mrs. Rita UruakpaDirector, Cabotage ServicesSouth East
10.Mr. Eric OjiDirector, Planning Research & Data Management ServicesSouth East
11.Mr. Kabir MurnaiDirector Western ZoneNorth West
12.Hajia Aisha JiddaDirector, Reforms Coordination & Strategic ManagementNorth East
13.Hajia Aisha IdrisHead, Legal ServicesNorth Central
14.Mr. Abdullahi MustaphaHead, Financial ServicesNorth Central
15.Mr. Khurason InuwaHead, Shipping DevelopmentNorth West
16.Mr. Danjuma BabahHead, ProcurementNorth West
17.Engr. Taiwo OlaniyanHead, Maritime Safety & Seafarers StandardsSouth West
18.Mrs. Nancy OluohaHead, ProtocolSouth East
19.Mr. Tajudeen Yinka GiwaRegistrar of ShippingNorth Central  
20.Mr. Osagie EdwardHead, Public RelationsSouth South

Osagie Edward

Assistant Director,

Public Relations, NIMASA

edward.osagie@nimasa.gov.ng

June 5, 2023

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