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CSO Applauds NIMASA DG For Shake-up

By Jerry Emmanson, Abuja
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The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the acting Director General of the agency, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro, has received the nod of civil right activists for the recent Shake-up and postings embarked upon in the earliest days of his assumption of duty.

The latest commendation which came from the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET), contained in a statement signed by its Director Mass Media and Mobilisation, Comrade Felix Adadu, hailed the recent shake up carried out by the Director General aimed at the reorganisation of the agency in line with the new direction being charted for the country.

According to CESJET, Jauro’s appointment was based on best standard practice of civil service seniority and basic international conventions and thus described the changes brought about at NIMASA as a welcome development.

In the statement which was issued in Abuja on Saturday, CESJET urged the Acting DG to as a matter of urgency engage stakeholders in the sector to reassure them of the renewed drive of the present administration to reposition NIMASA as a good manager in maritime administration, safety and security.

“The fresh direction initiated at NIMASA by Mr Haruna Jauro is in line with the change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari and he should therefore remain courageous, resolute and confident in discharging his duty.

“We salute him for his initiatives to overhaul the whole system and rid the place of corrupt element that have perpetrated sharp practices that negatively affected the maritime sector and the economy.

According to Comrade Adadu, the clean-up needed at NIMASA is unprecedented and can only be achieved by a dispassionately resolute leadership given the magnitude of rot that has permeated the organisation, adding that Jauro should put structures in place to block or minimise potentials for corruption in NIMASA while calling on stakeholders in the sector to rally round him in rebuilding and repositioning the agency for optimum service delivery.

The group further urged the Acting DG not to shy away from tackling policies that are inimical to the effective performance of the agency as some of them might have come into being under a system that favour patronage over practicality.