The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Yusuf Jamoh,  Friday dedicated his award of Best Performing Maritime CEO of the year bestowed on him by the Association of Maritime Journalists of Nigeria (AMJON) to the Nigeria maritime industry, saying the changing  industry won the award.

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The elated Jamoh, while receiving the award in his office Friday night,  said that he loves the maritime industry and that he is passionate to see it change for the better.

“This award should be given to the Nigeria Maritime Industry and not me. I am only doing what I love and enjoy doing in the maritime industry. When you enjoy and have passion for what you are doing, you will put in your best, I love the maritime industry and I tell people that the Nigeria maritime industry is the best place to invest in.”

Jimoh also commended the maritime media, saying the level of reportage by the media is changing the narratives and bringing the maritime sector to the fore in the international arena.

“I must commend the level of reporting being carried out by the maritime media in  educating the public about the sector. Am happy when you open your phone in the morning you see various stories about the sector and it is actually changing the narratives of the Nigeria maritime industry”.

The NIMASA DG, however stated that he wishes the Nigeria Maritime media operates as one body, so that they  can do more and also checkmate the excesses of the CEOs and their organisations in the Industry.

Presenting the award, President of AMJON, Paul Ogbuokiri said, Dr Bashir Jamoh won the AMJON award of the Best Performing Maritime CEO of the year due to his tremendous efforts especially in the areas of maritime security and his campaign for the removal of Nigeria among nation’s that pay  war risk insurance premium.

He said AMJON  have  been following Jamoh’s leadership style in NIMASA “and are not disappointed on what he has been able to do within a short time. We, however urged him to do more, as  much is still expected from him and other CEOs to repositioned the industry.”

The annual AMJON Conference/Awards held at the Lagos Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja on the 19th of November, 2021 when the DG, the two Ministers of Transortation and other illustrious Nigerians, including Mr. Ismail Aniemu were in Ghana for the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) Secretary General election. Nigeria’s Dr Pail Adalikwu won that election.