There is no doubt that inter agencies rivalry is one of the challenges of the government of the federal republic of Nigeria, this was made known at the appreciation night organized by the Leagues of Maritime Editors in honour of the former Minster of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo and Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye in Lagos at the weekend.
The Executive Secretary, Chief Executive Officer of The Nigerian Shippers’ Council, RT. Hon. Emmanuel Jime while giving his goodwill message about the ministers confirmed that there is existence of a strong interagency rivalry playing out in the ministry.
He made it known unequivocally that in the ministry of transportation, there are many departments and agencies that wanted to have the oversight functions of the Council as one of their functions.
He said if not for the doggedness of Mu’azu Sambo, that the supervision of Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) would have eluded the Council and another agency of the government in the sector who is eyeing the responsibility of the Nigerian Shippers Council as the economy regulator wanted to take that responsibility off them and also lobbying to be in charge of the Cargo Tracking Note.
RT. Hon. Emmanuel Jime also said the former minister Sambo stood for them at the Federal Executive Council meeting and also made sure CTN is one of their function to the federal government.
He said that this is a huge responsibility for the council.
While eulogizing the former minister, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello Koko gave credence to what Jime said.
He said there are many unstable ( manafiki) individuals in the industry and amongst people who would do anything to pull others down in order to be seen as the best.
He said the beginning was turbulent for him with Muazu Jaji Sambo but later became a good relationship which no one can intrude into.
He said many times, he declined minister’s call and would not even call back because of his believe that the Minister was listening to the people of pull him down syndrome but later, they became good friends.
Mu’azu Jaji Sambo and Ademola Aderoye were the ministers in charge of the transportation ministry for eight months and they did their best in the short period in charge.