Nigeria - Transportation Minister Inaugurates Governing Boards Of NPA And Nimasa

It may be recalled that the Boards which were appointed on February 10, 2020, could not be immediately inaugurated due to the onset of the coronavirus.

Whilst inaugurating the two Boards on this week, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, called for a harmonious working relationship amongst Members of the Board of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Management of both agencies in order to promote security as well as economic activities in the maritime sector.

Nigeria - Transportation Minister Inaugurates Governing Boards Of NPA And Nimasa
The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi (middle) with the newly inaugurated members of the Governing Board of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

In reference to the coronavirus pandemic, the Minister noted that, “We are in unusual times but we can’t afford to shut our seaports. The activities must continue so that the trade can take place so that the people can feed.” He further directed the board members to fashion out ways on how to move forward with the issues of trade facilitation and seaport management.

Responding on behalf of the Members of NPA Board, the Chairman, Chief Akin Ricketts, noted that the major issue is the congestion of the ports with the Eastern ports being underutilised and the inefficiency of the Lagos ports occasioned by inadequate evacuation corridors. He assured that the Board would work with all relevant Stakeholders with a view to ameliorating the sufferings of port users.

Nigeria - Transportation Minister Inaugurates Governing Boards Of NPA And Nimasa
Acting Permanent Secretary, (3rd right), with the newly inaugurated members of the Governing Baord of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).

In his charge to the NIMASA Members of Board, the Minister disclosed that he is particularly interested in making sure that the Deep Blue project which took the Federal Government about three years to approve succeeds, as it is geared towards addressing high incidences of kidnapping at sea as well as boosting the economic base of the country.

Nigeria - Transportation Minister Inaugurates Governing Boards Of NPA And Nimasa
The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi (middle) with the newly inaugurated members of the Governing Board of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

Also responding no behalf of the NIMASA Board Members of, the Chairman, Honourable Asita, while expressing concern over the spate of insecurities in the Nigerian Maritime waterways, assured that the Board will work assiduously to curtail the menace which this trend poses to the economy.

The members of the NPA Board are:

  • Chief Akin Ricketts - Chairman
  • Muhhamed Koko - Executive Director
  • Prof. Idris Abdulkadir - Executive Director
  • Onari Brown - Executive Director
  • Ghazali Muhammed - Member
  • Sen. Binta Masi Garba - Member
  • Alh. Mustapha Aminu Dutse - Member
  • Abdulwahab Adeshina - Member

While those of NIMASA include:

  • Hon. Asita - Chairman
  • Bashir Jamoh - Director General
  • Victor Ochei - Exec. Director (Cabotage)
  • Chudi Offordile - Exec. Director (Admin. & Finance)
  • Shehu Ahmed - Exec. Director (Operations)
  • Adekola Adefemi - Member
  • Muhammed D. Abubakar - Member
  • Hassan Rasaq Mahmud - Member

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