The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) yesterday officially confirmed a report published by SHIPS & PORTS DAILY in its edition of Tuesday 8th September that a committee set up by the Federal Ministry of Transport (FMOT) to review employments carried out by the immediate past Director-General of the agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi, began sitting the day before.
A press release by NIMASA Head of Public Affairs, Hajia Lami Tumaka sent to SHIPS & PORTS DAILY yesterday reads: “The Federal Ministry of Transport has commenced a review of employments, placements and promotions embarked upon by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) since 2010.
“The committee, which is headed by the Ministry’s Director of Human Resources, Mr. Lawal Ibrahim, is expected to determine whether employments, placement and promotions in NIMASA from 2010 to date conformed to the Civil Service procedures and were also in line with the Federal Character Principle.”
Tumaka quoted the agency’s Acting Director General, Haruna Jauro as saying that the main objective of the exercise was to ensure proper staff placement in line with extant Federal Civil Service regulations.
Jauro said the exercise would aid the process of motivating the staff of the agency and get the best out of them in the discharge of their onerous responsibilities.
“In the end, the interest of the staff will be protected as the civil service rule, which emphasises fairness and equity, will be the guiding principle of the exercise. We are confident that staff morale will be boosted for enhanced productivity when the process is completed,” Jauro said.
He commended the Federal Ministry of Transport for its commitment to staff welfare and assured that NIMASA would continue to discharge its statutory responsibilities for the development of the Nigerian maritime industry.
Tumaka said the nine-member committee, which has already commenced sitting, has a deadline of two weeks to complete the exercise and submit its recommendations to the Permanent Secretary, Mallam Mohammed Bashar.