The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Tuesday says it will soon build new offices in Port Harcourt, Onne and Warri to decongest offices in its eastern operational zone.
Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director-General of NIMASA, made this known when he visited offices of the agency in Port Harcourt, Onne and Warri ports.
According to Peterside, the Board of Directors has approved the buildings because the welfare of staff was paramount to the agency.
The Chairman of the board, retired Maj-Gen. Jonathan Garba urged the staff to be more committed to their duties.
“In spite of the challenges you face, I am happy you still work very hard to generate revenue.
“But I urge you to work harder to justify the confidence the government has in you.
“Besides, staff will be trained because training is very important for NIMASA staff to meet international best practices,’’ Garba said.
Garba assured of yearly promotion for those who were due, and urged the workers to commit themselves to their duties.
The Director, Eastern Zone of NIMASA, Mr Hassan Yakub appealed for adequate budgetary provisions and strict implementation.
Yakub called for improvement of facilities in some out-stations like Bonny, Brass and Eket, and for regular training on vessel boarding and provision of insurance cover for staff.