Jamoh promises more progress in maritime sector
• Anambra govt hails appointment of Offodile
Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Bashir Jamoh, has assured of his commitment to ensuring that the Nigerian maritime sector gained its rightful place in the comity of successful maritime nations.
Jamoh, who spoke during a courtesy visit of some industry operators, assured of the unwavering zeal of the new executive management to ensure that the Agency focused on innovative and stakeholder-driven policies.
“We know without the support of stakeholders there is little or nothing we can do. So we urge you to cooperate with us because we are willing and ready to return the Nigeria maritime sector to the place it belongs among the leading maritime communities in the world,” Jamoh assured.
Jamoh was appointed alongside Rt. Hon Victor Onyekachi Ochei, as Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services; Shehu Ahmed, Executive Director, Operations; and Chudi Offodile, Executive Director, Finance and Administration. NIMASA also got a new board, with Chief Honourable Asita the Agency’s Board Chairman.
Meanwhile, Anambra State Government has congratulated Chudi Offodile on his appointment as an Executive Director of NIMASA.
The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, in a statement said that; “Offodile is eminently deserving of the appointment. He is, in fact, worth everything in gold”.
Offodile, a lawyer, political analyst and author, represented the Awka Federal Constituency in the National Assembly from 1999 to 2005 and was simultaneously chairman of the Sub Committee on Gas and Chairman of the Special Committee on Joint Venture Oil Operations, later heading the Committee on Public Petitions.
“Though he left the legislature 15 years ago”, the statement said, “his colleagues and officials of the National Assembly speak nostalgically about him on account of the brilliance, commitment and vibrancy he displayed.
“Having discharged his duties with aplomb, he set a standard by which a lot of his colleagues are still judged in matters of transparency, probity and commitment to the common good as well as legislative delivery”.
According to Adinuba, Offodile was one of the first major investors in the state following the restoration of democratic rule in Nigeria in 1999 “and encouraged many people from Anambra State to follow his bold example of Think Home.
“His impressive record made Governor Willie Obiano appoint him last December a member of the Anambra State Vision 2070 Committee, a group drawing up a strategic plan to make the state attain the status of a fully developed entity in the next 50 years. The committee is headed by former Central Bank governor Chukwuma Soludo, a distinguished Economics professor.
Governor Obiano, according to the statement expressed “the gratitude of the people and government of Anambra State for the appointment”.