-Amaechi keeps NIMASA DG on his toes always, just as gold wouldn’t have been a premium metal without going through fire
The astronomic 400% increase in the revenue generated by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) into the Federal Government purse in 2016 compared to the amount generated in 2015 has become a song on the lips of Nigerians. While some are shouting Hosanna that the loose of the 2015 gubernatorial election in Rivers State by NIMASA DG, Dr Dakuku Peterside is now a blessing in disguise to the country, some are biting their fingers imagining the drastic increase in revenue that would have accrued to the state treasury had he been voted the Governor of River State in 2015 considering the professional way he is managing NIMASA. TRADE NEWSWIRE looks into strategies adopted by Peterside and TEAM NIMASA to change the fortune of NIMASA for the betterment of Nigeria as a whole, Excerpts:
(TRADE NEWSWIRE): It is no longer news that the Federal Government of Nigeria commended the outstanding performance of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), headed by a Strategic Management Professional and Change Agent, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, with respect to a mouth-watering increase in revenue generated into the government coffers in 2016 just barely a year in office compared to a previously generated revenue by same agency, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, briefed the State House media team about the performance of some government agencies after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, as she disclosed that NIMASA remitted N4.95bn in 2015 to the nation’s purse while the same agency remitted a whooping N24bn in 2016, representing a 400% increase in revenue generated to that of 2015.
President Muhammadu Buhari, had on Thursday, March 9, 2016 appointed Dr. Dakuku Peterside as Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The astronomic increase in the revenue generated by NIMASA in 2016, following the appointment of Perterside as the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency does not just surfaced magically, but was a function of carefully-tailored strategies implemented by TEAM NIMASA, that was put in place by Peterside, of which the performance of the implemented strategies were periodically reviewed for improvement where necessary, as the resultant effect of the strategies was what culminated into increased revenue generated by NIMASA, as widely celebrated today.
(Note): As brilliant as Peterside’s performance might be, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Chibuike Amaechi, should be credited for putting the NIMASA DG on his toes to bring out the best in him; for a result-oriented supervisory ministerial role; and for having the right selection skills in being able to bring on board a resourceful performer that adds value to Nigeria.
To corroborate the Minister’s efforts in ensuring that the right man was recruited for NIMASA top job as highlighted above, Amaechi once said at a 2-Day Stakeholders’ Conference on the Maritime Industry organised and Chiefly sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Transport with the theme ‘Building a Sustainable Maritime Industry in Nigeria’ as follows:
“Corruption plays a prominent destructive role in the maritime industry and the reason why corruption thrives is because there is no punishment for the offence. I recently met a Canadian, who said he love Nigeria because he once drank till midnight, and I asked what was wrong with that? He replied you cannot try that in Canada, if you drank till such hour in Canada, you will be in jail.
“Some of those that grounded the Nigerian National Shipping Line may be at this conference now, and if that is the case, how would you get a new idea. I know some people who were lobbying to be the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), I won’t mention name, and I asked one, why do you want to be the DG of NIMASA, and he answered dollars-$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $”
The strategies adopted by the DG are as follows: Within three months of Peterside’s appointment as the head of NIMASA, he unfolded five strategic work plans to guide the operations of NIMASA.
Peterside said as he unolded the work plan to the Press, “NIMASA is battling with a reputation problem of corruption, rather than being known as an agency that carries out its statutory duty efficiently and effectively. Fortunately, I inherited a workforce that is dynamic and resourceful but not growth-oriented because of leadership gap.
“Our core objective is to restructure, reform and reposition NIMASA, and the five pillars to achieve this objective are survey inspection and transformation initiative; environment, security, and search and rescue; capacity building and promotion of indigenous shipping; digital transformation; and structural and cultural initiative.”
Peterside said the agency’s mandate on the first pillar of survey inspection and transformation initiative was to ensure that vessels were safe and secured, added that sailors must be competent enough to sail a vessel.
Peterside equally recorded several achievements within a year in office that eventually have a multiplying effect on the NIMASA revenue, which included:
NIMASA recorded less than 10 maritime accidents within a year of Peterside in office compared to previous accidents recorded.
NIMASA hosted two Sub-Regional Technical Committee meetings to build regional network in responding to distress calls timely within a year of Peterside in office.
NIMASA foiled seven of 11 cases of pirate attacks recorded in Nigerian waters within a year of Peterside in office.
NIMASA un-relentlessly pushed for the passage of Anti-piracy bills for a safer Nigerian maritime domain since Peterside came on board.
NIMASA secured Minister of Transportation’s approval to increase number of Search and Rescue Marshalls from 100 to 1000 for safety boat users in Nigeria within a year of Peterside in office.
Within a year of Peterside in office, 114 Port facilities of the total 145 ports in Nigeria became fully ISPS compliant, which makes Nigeria to be rated 80% compliant higher than her assigned 13% compliant level 5 years ago.
NIMASA activities within a year of Peterside in office attracted United States Coast Guard’s commendation.
Within a year of Peterside in office, NIMASA was subjected to operational audit by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) as approved by the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Chibuike Amaechi aimed at making Nigerian maritime sector internationally competitive and the report was implemented for improved operations where necessary.
NIMASA kick started operation of a 24-hour surveillance system to capture vessels in the Nigerian Maritime domain irrespective of weather conditions within a year of Peterside in office.
Within a year of Peterside in office, a 24-hour surveillance system reduced NIMASA billing operational time from 72hrs down to 24hrs, while still targeting 6hrs billing.
Within a year of Peterside in office, he had put in place strategies to enforce Sections 36 and 37 of NIMASA Act 2007 to build indigenous capacities in shipping.
Within a year of Peterside in office, over 60% of workers onboard vessels operating under the Cabotage regime are now Nigerians compared to less than 12% of Nigerians onboard vessels operating in Nigerian waters before the implementation of Cabotage regime in 2003
Peterside, within a year in office Changed affreightment of Nigerian cargo especially crude oil lifting from Free On Board trade term to Cost Insurance and Freight (CIF) arrangement in favour of indigenous operators.
Peterside, within a year in office started working towards the delivery of the 5th largest modular floating dockyard on the African continent, which will help Nigeria to save $100m annually.
Peterside, within a year in office had concluded audit of 16 maritime training institutions accredited to offer courses in line with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
1,045 beneficiaries of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme graduated within a year of Peterside in office, representing 42% graduates of over 2,500 NIMASA sponsored candidates.
Within a year of Peterside in office, NIMASA registered 370 vessels with a total tonnage of almost 420,000 GRT in 12 months compared to 262 vessels with a total tonnage of slightly over 232,000 GRT registered in 2015.
It should be noted that one thing that stands Peterside out in performance is his ability to come to the level of an average NIMASA staff, to see for himself first-hand what they are going through; how to make the work less cumbersome for them and at the same time to the advantage of the organization and Nigeria as a whole.
A development that led to the devolving of activities/ power from the NIMASA Headquarters to Zoneal office for efficient and effective operations, which culminated into Peterside on-site assessment of Zonal offices of NIMASA Zonal Offices and prompted immediate facility improvement measures and personnel restructuring as ordered by the DG.
Peterside along with his Management team during an assessment of personnel, facility and operations of three Zonal offices of NIMASA first-hand at Western Zonal office, Marine Lane, Apapa; TinCan Island and Apapa Zonal Office at Atlantic House, Apapa said as follows:
“We came to share that vision with you, to access things in the Western Zone and to say to you we appreciate your problem, but i must confess, since we have been meeting with you at the Head office, never could i or anybody have imagined that the situation is this bad here.
“I now appreciate the efforts you make everyday to make NIMASA what NIMASA is and to ensure you take the maritime industry in Nigeria to the next level, to ensure that you enforce rules, regulations and laws and to get operators in the system to comply.
“I do appreciate that you are making a great sacrifice for operating from here, i am truly heart broken, i feel your pains.In the interim, we will instruct that an integrity test be conducted on this building to ascertain the structural integrity of the building whether it is even habitable for us to stay or not, so that we don’t wake up one morning and have a crisis at our hand, that is the first important thing we are going to do here.
“The second one is that we are going to have a new structure in place, a new organogram and the Zones will be the center of operations, only policy issues will be handled at the Head office of NIMASA, and to do that, there will be some movement of personnel.
“We will also ensure that if we are making the Zones the center of operations, we provide necessary tools for you to do your work of enforcement and regulatory compliance. We demand great efficiency on your part, also speed is demanded on your part.
“I am sure we all know that for the maritime industry to work, the Zones must work and do their work effectively, without the Zones we cant talk about enforcement and regulatory compliance.
“The Zones are the pillars that hold NIMASA, we are not going to take issues concerning the Zones lightly any longer, you are the operatives.
Maritime watchers were not really surprised at Peterside’s achievements with respect to increase in NIMASA revenue among others, has he had hit the ground running immediately he was appointed as the DG of NIMASA, a pointer to a wise saying that a stitch in time saves nine, coupled with his personal integrity, which is the anchor of any achievement in life.
May God Guide Our Leaders Right.
NIGERIA SHALL BE GREAT
A Strategist/ Publisher
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