Findings have revealed that the management of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has wrapped up plans to fire more employees, who were illegally employed into the agency’s service under the watch of the former Director-General, Dr. Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi.
This is in continuity of the recent disengagement of three persons from the agency, who were found to have been illegally employed into NIMASA.
The agency had stated in a statement announcing the disengagement of the three employees, that there were irregularities associated with the engagement of the affected persons.
The statement read, “An administrative investigation conducted by the agency revealed that the employment of the three officers at the twilight of the administration of Dr. Ziakede Akpobolokemi as director-general did not follow due process required for employment into the civil service.
“Contrary to speculations that NIMASA has disengaged 200 of its employees, only these three persons, whose engagement had wholesome irregularities, have been asked to leave.”
It was learned that investigations are already ongoing on a list of another set of employees to be dismissed from the service of the agency.
The employees were said to have illegally gained employment into the service of NIMASA, following their ‘man knows man’ relationship with the former DG and his ‘partners in crime’, who ran the affairs of the agency before the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari, whom on assuming office as the president of Nigeria, ordered the immediate dismissal of Akpobolokemi from office as the agency’s Director-General, and replacing him with Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro as NIMASA’s new DG.
Since Jauro’s appointment on July 26, 2015, there had been shaking among members of senior and junior staff at the agency over the new DG’s decision to shake and reshape NIMASA through review of contracts, appointments and administrative operations, among others.
By Patrick Aigbokhan