Shake up in NIMASA: Tumaka returns as image maker

The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Haruna Baba Jauro has approved the redeployment of some senior management staff of the agency; appointing Hajia Lami Tumaka as the Head, Public Affairs.

Jauro stated that the new postings were expected to reposition the agency towards meeting its statutory mandate as enshrined in the NIMASA Act and other enabling instruments.

The new deployment sees Ibrahim Jibril take over from Felix Bob Nabena as the Director of Administration and Personnel Services department while Nabena has been posted to head the SERVICOM unit.

Olayemi Abass takes over from Dele Ejekuko as the Head of Financial Services department while Suleman Abdulsalam is the agency’s new acting Legal Adviser. He takes over from Mrs. Rita Uruakpa.

Mohammed Sanni is the new Head of Procurement department while Hassan el-Yakub Heads the Cabotage Department.

Hajia Aisha Musa has been redeployed to Head the agency’s Western Zone while former Head of Public Affairs unit, Isichei Osamgbi moves to the Maritime Guard Command as Deputy Director.

Ejekuko is now in charge of zones in the DG’s Office while Eric Orji has been appointed as the Acting Registrar of Ships.

The new Director of Administration and Personnel Services, Ibrahim Jibril was was the Director of Planning Research and Data Management Services. He is an astute administrator with over 30 years cognate experience in the Transport and Logistics sector. He was at various times head of Human Resources, Public Relations and Maritime Capacity Building Units of the agency. He holds a diploma in Aircraft Engineering in 1982, a degree in Public Administration and a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT) and the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM).

The new Head of the Financial Services Department, Olayemi Abass is a 1988 HND holder in Accounting with an M.Sc in Contemporary Accounting from the Leeds Metropolitan University. He is also a member of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria. He has held several positions in the agency including Deputy Director Finance, Coordinator of the Eastern Zonal Office of NIMASA and more recently was in charge of Zonal Coordination in the DG’s Office.

Abdulsalam, a Deputy Director, until his posting as the acting Legal Adviser to the Agency was the Registrar of Ships. A 1986 graduate of Law, the new Legal Adviser also holds a Masters degree in Law and has previously worked in various capacities in the Legal Unit and Planning Research and Data Management Services department.

Mohammed Sani whose current posting is Head of the Procurement department is a Deputy Director whose service to the agency cuts across many areas. The 1981 graduate of Sociology who also holds a Masters in Public Administration is the immediate past head of SERVICOM unit. He was previously the Head of Zonal Coordination in the DG’s Office as well as Coordinator, Eastern Zone.

Hassan el-Yakub, who now heads the Cabotage unit, is a 1981 HND graduate who also holds a Masters degree in Transport Technology. He has previously worked in Shipping Development, Cabotage and Western Zonal Office as a Deputy Director.

Hajia Lami Tumaka, the current head of Public Relations has served in this capacity in two previous occasions. A 1979 graduate of English, Tumaka also holds a diploma in Public Relations and an MBA in Business Management. The Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR) brings to bear on this assignment, about three decades cognate experience in journalism, public relations and management. She has previously worked in the Planning, Research and Data Management Services and Administration and Personnel Services departments of the agency with her most recent posting being as Deputy Director, Maritime Guard Command.

Aisha Musa returns to a familiar turf as Coordinator of the Western Zone having served in that capacity previously. A 1982 graduate of Law, Musa had also served as the Registrar of Ships and Deputy Director Legal in the DG’s office.

Bob Nabena is a 1994 graduate of Business Administration. He also holds an MBA in Management and was until his deployment to SERVICOM the Director of Administration and Personnel Services after serving as Special Assistant to the former Director General of agency, Patrick Akpobolokemi for four years.

The immediate past Head of Public Relations, Isichei Osamgbi is a 1992 graduate of English who also holds a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy. MOsamgbi who is now Deputy Director Maritime Guard Command had earlier served as Coordinator of the Abuja Liaison Office and has about twenty years previous experience in journalism.

Uruakpa who until her deployment as Deputy Director Maritime Labour Services was the Acting Legal Adviser, is a 1985 graduate of Law and also hold a Masters in Public Administration while the newly appointed acting Registrar of Ships, Eric Orji was until his new posting, an Assistant Director in the Ship Registry. A 1986 Law graduate with masters in International Maritime Law, Orji had previously served in the Shipping Development department.

All handing and taking over processes have since been concluded and the Directors settled in their new postings, according to a press release issued by the agency’s image maker, Hajia Lami Tumaka.

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