The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has announced that it was holding a stakeholders award night in order to boost more investment into the maritime sector.
NIMASA Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside stated yesterday that an independent panel was constituted, headed by former Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Adebayo Sarumi and it has concluded nomination of companies who are deemed fit for the award.
Peterside, said that honouring stakeholders in the maritime sector will help energise blue economy in the country.
He said that the awards which holds on January 18 would also encourage more investors.
“NIMASA is set to again honour stakeholders who had assisted the agency achieved its mandate over the years at the Annual Dinner and Awards Night scheduled to take place in Lagos on Jan. 18.
“Part of the aim of organising the annual programme is to encourage industry players to keep striving to ensure global best practices are imbibed in their various activities.
“It is also aimed at attracting more investors that will help open up the blue economy and to also ensure compliance with maritime regulations, thereby making Nigeria a force to reckon with in the comity of maritime nations.
“Over the years, our stakeholders have made us proud and put us on our toes as there will be no NIMASA without the shipping community and vice versa.
“There have been times of criticisms, sanctions and enforcement.
“All these were geared toward ensuring the right thing is done and laid down rules and regulations are adhered to,’’ the director-general said in a statement issued by the Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Mr Isichei Osamgbi.
According to him, we must therefore reward hard work and encourage more investments in the maritime sector by appreciating those who have done well, hence we are organising this auspicious event.
Peterside further said that this year’s award would focus on various categories to include; Most Compliant ISPS Offshore and Onshore Facility; Best Terminal and Jetty Operator; Best Maritime Training Institution; Best Shipping Company (Marine Environment Management).
Others are: Overall Shipping Company; Best Cabotage Operator; Company with Largest Combined Tonnages and Best Maritime Financing Banks; among other categories of awards.
He also said the event would provide opportunities to expose both local and international stakeholders to inherent opportunities that abound in the nation’s maritime sector.
Speaking of the panel of the award he said “The terms of reference of the committee include; to identify the various categories of awards for the industry; invite applications from industry stakeholders and the general public for various categories of the award.
“It will set criteria and benchmark for the selection process; and finalise the list of awardees in the different categories for submission to the agency.
“In pursuance of this, the agency has already put out a notice for nomination from companies and individuals for the various categories.
“The award ceremony will also be an opportunity to reward staff who have contributed meritoriously to the service of the agency, ranging from 15 to 30 years,’’ Peterside said.