We will make NIMASA a world class organisation – Peterside

The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has said that the management is determined to make the agency a world class, high performing organisation.

Peterside said this during the Management Performance Review (MPR) of the agency held in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said that the agency’s repositioning initiative was all encompassing and when concluded would be beneficial to the entire maritime sector.

The director-general said that the MPR was an avenue to assess the progress being made by the agency in terms of its reform, restructuring and repositioning drive to ensure that the agency’s mandate is achieved.

According to him, there is no organisation that can grow without innovation and the MPR affords us a rare opportunity to assess our journey thus far.

He said that it was a rare privilege to match set goals with results and to carry out an assessment on how far the agency had gone in this journey.

“When I joined you in NIMASA, we sat down and agreed to build a world class high performance organisation.

“In subscribing to that, we set out to craft a Medium Term Strategic plan which would be our roadmap.

“We have already started the critical elements of the things we agreed that are necessary to build a world class maritime organisation.

“One is the automation of our processes and to fast track this, we set up a special taskforce.

“It is our vision that by October, NIMASA would be fully automated,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Peterside as saying.

The NIMASA boss said that the dream of the agency “is to be recognised as the foremost maritime regulatory Agency in Africa and that is the pride of the continent’’.

Peterside said that the Agency had the duty to facilitate maritime business not to stifle it.

He also assured stakeholders that NIMASA would create an enabling environment that would satisfy the yearnings of all.

“The bigger picture is to build a world class, high performance organisation that would satisfy the interest and yearnings of our clients as well as serve the interest of the country that set us up.

“We are indeed facilitators of maritime business, therefore we will not stifle it,’’ NAN quotes him as saying.

The MPR session which is still ongoing is expected to review the achievements of the agency’s targets for the half year ended June 30, 2016.

It will also map out strategies for meeting the set targets as outlined in its work plan for the period in review.

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