Abubakar, SGF, Amaechi to grace NIMASA Merit Awards

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…Ooni, Sanusi, Dangote, Otedola also***

Former Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha and the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi will on Saturday lead stakeholders in the nation’s maritime industry to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Maritime Awards, holding at the Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The agency Image-maker, Deputy Director Isichei Osamgbi who disclosed this on Wednesday also noted that the Governors of Lagos, Ogun, Enugu, Ondo, Kaduna, Kebbi and Borno States, as well as some Ministers will equally be there, alongside the top hierarchy of the business world. 

“Others expected to attend are Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Femi Otedola, Dr. (Mrs.) Nike Akande, as well as royal fathers, which include His Highness, the Emir of Kano, Mallam Sanusi Lamido, His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, and other top government officials, National Assembly members and members of the diplomatic corps”, Osamgbi stated.

The event, tagged “NIMASA Merit Awards and Corporate Dinner”, which will be hosted by the Minister of Transportation and chaired by the SGF, is expected to also showcase an array of stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry, some of which will be honoured for their outstanding contributions to the realisation of the Agency’s mandate of driving the sector in 2018.

The award categories include Shipping Company of the Year 2018 (Dry Cargo), Shipping Company of the Year 2018 (Wet Cargo), Maritime Education and Training Institute of the Year 2018, Manning Agent of the Year 2018, and Seafarers’ Employer of the Year 2018.

“Themed ‘Our Journey to Excellence’, it will be an evening to celebrate our Core Values of Commitment, Accountability, Professionalism, Integrity, Teamwork, Excellence, Leadership, and Discipline in the Agency and industry as a whole”, the image maker explained, pointing out that even some staff of NIMASA will be honoured for their outstanding performance; even as an Employee of the Year would be picked from the 11 winners of the Employee of the Month awards from January to November 2018.  

It would be recalled that at last year’s event, Maersk Nigeria Limited, Gulf Agency Company (GAC) Nigeria Ltd, Charkins Maritime, and Offshore Safety Centre, among others, were duly honoured with corporate and industry awards.

“The NIMASA Merit Awards and corporate dinner will be an event of glitz, glamour and glitter to mark the end of year activities of the Agency”, Osamgbi stated further.