Connect with us

Maritime

COVID-19: FG lauds NIMASA over donations of Volunteers Personnel, Logistics to Aid Fight Against Pandemic

Published

on

COVID-19: FG lauds NIMASA over donations of Volunteers Personnel, Logistics to Aid Fight Against Pandemic

…As Jamoh says Agency Deploying Existing Capacities for Nigeria’s Good***

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has finally delivered N30 million and other anti-COVID-19 materials which included ventilators, oxygen concentrators, personal protective equipment to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

The NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh confirmed this in Abuja, adding that the Agency was also deploying its existing facilities, such as fast intervention vessels, ambulances, buses, volunteer personnel, and some medical equipment, among others, to support the efforts by the Federal and State Governments to solve a national medical emergency that required all hands being on deck.

An impressed Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha on taking delivery, lauded the Agency, stressing that the Federal Government requires the cooperation of all and sundry, both corporate bodies and individuals, in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

COVID-19: FG lauds NIMASA over donations of Volunteers Personnel, Logistics to Aid Fight Against Pandemic

L-R: Coordinator, Abuja Zonal Office, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Zailani Musa Attah, who represented the NIMASA DG, Dr. Bashir Jamoh; Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sir Olusegun Adekunle Esq; and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), who is also Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, during the presentation and donation of medical facilities and equipment to the taskforce by NIMASA in Abuja recently as part of the Agency’s support for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Describing the fight against COVID-19 as a collective responsibility, Mustapha commended NIMASA for the gesture, advising other organisations and well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the Agency by supporting the efforts to curb the spread of the pandemic, so that Nigerians could live their normal lives again.

Observed the SGF, “I wish to restate that this is a war on Nigeria; and the Federal Government, in conjunction with other stakeholders, will continue to do all it takes to win this war as we are more prepared than ever before to ensure we protect the lives of our citizens.

“Let me encourage Nigerians to endure this lockdown order as it is not intended to trample on their fundamental human rights, rather it is to assist Government trace infected persons and curb the spread. In no distant time, we will all go back to our normal lives.”

In his response, at the presentation of the materials, Jamoh praised the Federal Government’s proactive steps to contain the pandemic, describing the COVID-19 as a challenge Nigeria must overcome.

Also read:  SAHCO fumigates terminal to curb COVID-19

He said he was satisfied to see that the Agency’s existing facilities were coming in handy in the attempt to contain the outbreak.

Coordinator, Abuja Zonal Office, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Mr. Zailani Musa Attah (left), who represented the NIMASA DG, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, handing over medical facilities and equipment donated by the Agency to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, in support of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Abuja.

 

“We at NIMASA have decided to deploy our extant capacities and facilities in the fight against this pandemic. We did not invest new funds in purchasing these ambulances and buses. We simply deployed them to fight this common enemy. COVID-19 is a common enemy and all hands must be on deck to win the war against it at this critical time in the country’s history”, the Director-General, who was represented by Coordinator, Abuja Zonal Office of the Agency, Mr. Zailani Musa Attah, stated.

“We have had to readjust our priorities to contribute our quota to the urgent need to get Nigeria out of this national emergency”, Jamoh stated further, adding, “I wish to commend the efforts of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and your dexterity in ensuring Nigeria is totally free from this virus.

“As a responsible Agency, we will continue to support government’s efforts across the board and I am confident that collectively, we will win this fight with the help of the Almighty”, the Agency Boss also said.

Earlier, NIMASA had extended its humanitarian gesture to Anambra State, where it equally donated medical materials for use in the efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and treat those already infected.

Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, who received the materials on behalf of the state government, commended the Management of NIMASA and pledged that the materials will be well utilised.

Among the materials donated were ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and hand sanitisers.

Similarly, the Agency recently donated to the Lagos State government at the flag-off of the anti-COVID-19 campaign, saying it planned to take the vital materials to the six geopolitical zones of the country, while pledging the assistance of both experts and handy volunteers from the Agency, ready to work with the government.

 

Maritime

Yusuf Presents Letter Of Appointment To Emir Sunusi

Published

on

Yusuf Presents Letter Of Appointment To Emir Sunusi

A focal point of Ganduje’s administration suffered a hiccup on Friday, as Ganduje’s successor, and present Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, presented the letter of appointment to Sunusi Lamido Sunusi, as the 16th Emir of Kano.

The development is sequel to the signing into law of the amended Kano State Emirate Council Law by the governor on Thursday.

“Sunusi is a victim of the immediate past administration, who is now being restored to his rightful position to lead the people”.

The amended law abolished the five Emirate Councils and sacked the emirs appointed by former governor Abdullahi Ganduje in 2019, paving the way for the re-enthronement of Sunusi.

While presenting the letter, Yusuf said, “Sunusi is a victim of the immediate past administration, who is now being restored to his rightful position to lead the people”.

The ceremony was graced by members of the Kano Emirate Council, district heads and title holders.

It also marked a new chapter in the history of the Kano Emirate with the re-enthronement of Sunusi, who was deposed in 2020 by the Ganduje administration. 

Continue Reading

Latest News

NCS Summit Calls Gender Imbalance A Threat To Nigeria’s Blue Economy

Published

on

NCS Summit Calls Gender Imbalance A Threat To Nigeria's Blue Economy

 The Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) has stated that the lofty potential of the Nigerian blue economy will not be realised without the active participation of women in the sector, especially at the managerial level.

The NCS President, Mr Aminu Umar said this at a summit organised by the chamber on Thursday in Lagos.

The event had the theme: “Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety.”

Umar was represented at the conference by a Governing Board member of NCS and Principal Partner, Jean Chiazor and Partners, Mrs. Jean Chiazor Anishere (SAN).

“The maritime sector is a cornerstone of global trade and economic growth. 

“There are numerous benefits accruable from the maritime industry but these benefits can’t be realised without active women participation, especially in leadership roles,” the NCS president said.

The NCS president expressed delight and gratitude to the special guests and speakers, including the President of WISTA International, Mrs. Elpiniki Petraki, the Managing Director of NLNG Ship Management Ltd., Mr Abdul-Kadir Ahmed, the Executive Secretary, WISTA International, Mrs Jemilat Mahamah, among others.

Aminu-Umar-Sadiq

Also, the President of WISTA International, Petraki, stressed that beyond taking pride in the accomplishment of having the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) dedicate a day for women in maritime, the event should be a platform to strategise for increased women participation across all facets of the maritime sector. 

Petraki noted that the challenges confronting women in the industry were similar across frontiers and national boundaries, stating that gender balance remained a setback globally.

“Only 29 per cent of the entire maritime workforce globally are women, but the states drop to 24 per cent for women engaged in maritime administration. 

“Sadly, in seafaring, the ratio is less than 2 per cent for women and this profession has over 1.8 million people,” the WISTA International president said. 

She, however, encouraged Nigerian women in maritime and other industry stakeholders to participate in the ongoing IMO/ WISTA maritime survey, to get the up-to-date representation of women in the sector.

According to her, the survey which runs till December 2024, will be strategic in promoting diversity and women’s inclusion in the maritime sector.

Jean Chiazor Anishere

Meanwhile, during one of the panel sessions, a Maritime Psychotherapist, who also experienced the ordeals of seafaring, Mrs. Pam Kem, harped on the need to increase awareness of psychological safety in the maritime industry.

Kem said female seafarers were exposed to varying psychological challenges, having experienced storms, turbulence, violence, fire outbreaks and other vices, leaving adverse effects on their behaviours.

 “Physiological safety has been a concept known in most sectors for a long time, but I’m happy to see it come into play in the maritime space.

” However, if we have strong and inclusive leadership teams at the top level like captains and chief engineers, the awareness trickles down to other workers in the rank and file,” Kem said.

 The Director General of NCS, Mrs Vivian Chimezie-Azubuike, stated that the programme was the 3rd edition by NCS, organised as part of activities to commemorate the 2024 International Day for Women in Maritime.

Continue Reading

Latest News

NHIA: Customs, Songhai Health Trust Collaborate, for Officers’ Effective Healthcare Delivery

Published

on

NHIA: Customs, Songhai Health Trust Collaborate, for Officers' Effective Healthcare Delivery

…Flags-off Sensitisation Programme at the Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja

The Nigeria Customs Service on Monday, 20 May 2024 flagged off a sensitisation programme with Songhai Health Trust to sensitise officers on the benefits of accessing the National Health Insurance Scheme. 

In a flag-off Sensitisation Programme with the National Health Insurance Authority and Songhai Health Trust Ltd at the Nigeria Customs Service Headquarters in Abuja, the Comptroller-General of Customs, represented by the Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs in Charge of Human Resource Development, Greg Itotoh, highlighted that the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) is a means of offering officers high-quality healthcare.

The CGC, while speaking, outlined that the sensitisation is to enlighten officers on how best to derive maximum benefits from the services provided by the Songhai Health Trust. 

“This is a way of providing quality health care services to officers that are affordable and stress-free.  It is an insurance program that NCS makes mandatory contributions.

“This is the reason why we want every officer to key into it and make best use of the incentives provided by the government because whether we make use of it or not, Nigeria Customs Service pays, and that is why we don’t want to be wasting that money” he stated. 

He further stated that the team of medical units of the NCS would go around different zones, commands and other customs formations to sensitise officers on the scheme’s benefits. 

Meanwhile, the Comptroller of Customs (Pharmacy), Abdulkadir Mohammed, who is also the Desk Officer NHIA, said it is a program introduced by the government for the health care of citizens, and it is designed to pull resources for appropriate health care delivery. 

Furthermore, Deputy Manager Operations of the Songhai  Health Trust, Dr Rotimi Anlemi, while speaking, outlined how the scheme operates, educating officers on the benefits of the scheme.

Continue Reading

Advertisement

Editor’s Pick

Politics