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Exit of NIMASA boss opens door for reform of agency


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By Nsikan Ikpe

Thursday’s sack of Mr. Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi as Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) could very well open the door for long-demanded reforms in the agency, commentators have noted.
The termination of Mr. Akpobolokemi’s appointment which a presidency statement signed by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina says, takes immediate effect is seen in some circles as one that could help ensure the beginning of a process of sanitization of an agency that has long being mired in allegations of graft, sleaze and impunity.

 Equally on the burner, industry watchers say is the need to ensure that the agency returns to a fundamental engagement of its initial objective to help boost the Nigerian Maritme sector through the promotion of schemes that would grow Nigeria content in the sector that is still heavily dominated by foreign operators.

 The ousted NIMASA boss has been directed to hand over the management of NIMASA and all government property in his possession to the most senior officer in the agency who will remain in charge until a new Director-General is appointed.


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