Minister Unveils NIMASA Abuja Office
“It will Reduce Cost of Governance”-Sambo
To further enhance operational efficiency and reduce bureaucratic delays, the Honourable Minister Of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo has commissioned New NIMASA Abuja Zonal Office.
Speaking during the commissioning, Sambo said the role of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency cannot be understated in the delivery of Nigeria’s economic potential adding that there is a strong need to put in place strategic and tangible structures that will yield quantifiable and intangible dividends in the years to come.
His words “I am delighted to commission the NIMASA Abuja Zonal Office today, the 16th of May, 2023, here in the Diplomatic Zone of the Central Area, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory. As a nation at the cusp of an Economic Renaissance, with boundless opportunities in its Maritime Domain, the role of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency cannot be understated in the delivery of Nigeria’s economic potentials”.
“As we flag off the Commissioning of all Completed Projects by the Agency, what will become apparent for all to see is the intentionality, commitment and focus of the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure that the proper foundation is put in place so that as a people, we can continuously build towards a greater tomorrow”.
According to the minister, “The Abuja Zonal Office further oversees the operations of NIMASA’s Lokaja Safety Base, thereby playing a pivotal role in delivering the Agency’s regulatory responsibilities on safety matters in our inland waterways”.
“Therefore, due to the strategic role the Abuja Zonal Office plays, it became imperative to establish a permanent station as several limiting factors encumber the current office from the restrictive nature of operating from a rented property, limiting NIMASAs ability to restructure and modify the facility to meet exigencies necessary to increase productivity, to the long-term financial implications of paying exorbitant rents”.
“Apart from the reduction of cost of governance, the New Abuja Zonal Office will serve as the centrepiece of government relations on matters with bilateral and Multilateral implications on International Trade and Cooperation, as such, enable the Agency to host Foreign Diplomats and other key Maritime Stakeholders in the Federal Capital Territory, thereby helping the Agency speedily achieve its mandate especially when they need to reach out to the different arms of Government”, the minister said
Sambo assured that the Zonal Office is further proof of the growth in capacity of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency due to its deepened role in the economic development of Nigeria as he as well ressured of support from the FMOT as the supervisory ministry.