IT was all laughter and jubilation on the faces of workers of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), as the Governing Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) approved the promotion of 85 management staff to their next grade levels with 553 others moved to their next levels.
The promotions were ratified at the meeting of the board of the agency which held in Lagos under the chairmanship of Major General Jonathan India Garba (rtd).
Details of the exercise, according to a statement issued by Isichei Osamgbi, NIMASA image maker, shows that two Deputy Directors were promoted to the level of Directors; seven Assistant Directors were promoted to Deputy Directors while 76 grade level 14 officers were promoted to their next grade of Assistant Directors.
Those promoted to full Directors are the agency’s Head of Internal Audit, Mr. Victor Onuzuruike and the Deputy Director in charge of Research, Mrs. Christiana Budaye.
Similarly, the executive management also approved the promotion of a total of 553 non-management staff between grade levels 4 to 14, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 638.
Speaking on the promotion exercise, the Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, reiterated the commitment of the executive management to reward hard work, noting that it is a morale booster.
“It is true that the reward for hard work is more work, but on the other hand, hard work also comes with promotion.
“On our part as executive management, we will continue to ensure that promotion exercises are conducted on a yearly basis and as at when due so that staff can be motivated to give their best to the course of rebranding the agency and repositioning the maritime sector for greater efficiency. By this, we will be able to focus and realise our mandates as an agency,” the DG was quoted in the statement.
In his reaction, a staff of the agency said: “This promotion is unprecedented in the history of the agency and it has clearly shown that the Dr. Dakuku Peterside-led management is not reneging on its promise to rebrand the agency and take it to the next level. This will make staff more focused and dedicated to their duties”
Other staff who commented on the exercise remarked that this is the best promotion exercise in the history of the agency carried out in a very transparent and verifiable manner. They pledged their unalloyed support to the management and promised to add values to the ideals of the agency.
On the part of the governing board of the agency, it used the opportunity to enjoin the newly promoted staff to dedicate themselves to duty as the promotions will certainly come with more responsibilities.