By Andrew Airahuobhor,


The Federal Ministry of Transport has commenced a review of employments, placements and promotions embarked upon by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) since 2010 under former director general, Patrick Akpobolokemi appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

This is coming days after it commenced review of multibillion naira school and shipyard projects embarked upon by the former administration, heightening fears that the current administration is planning to cancel all projects, employments and promotions done by the last administration.

The employment review committee is headed by the Transport Ministry’s Director of Human Resources, Mr. Lawal Ibrahim, and is expected to determine whether employments, placement and promotions in NIMASA from 2010 to date conformed to the Civil Service procedures and also in line with the Federal Character Principle.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari is facing criticism for making appointments in disregard of federal character principle, having made more than 90 percent of his appointments from the Northern region.

The Acting Director General of NIMASA, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro said the main objective of the exercise was to ensure proper staff placement in line with extant Federal Civil Service regulations.

He said the exercise would aid the process of motivating the staff of the Agency and get the best out of them in the discharge of their onerous responsibilities.

“In the end, the interest of the staff will be protected as the civil service rule, which emphasises fairness and equity, will be the guiding principle of the exercise. We are confident that staff morale will be boosted for enhanced productivity when the process is completed,” the DG said.

He commended the Federal Ministry of Transport for its commitment to staff welfare and assured that NIMASA would continue to discharge its statutory responsibilities for the development of the Nigerian maritime industry.

The nine member committee which has already commenced sitting has a deadline of two weeks to complete the exercise and submit its recommendations to the Permanent Secretary, Mallam Mohammed Bashar.

Source : Independent