The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has been awarded the prestigious Zik Leadership Prize in Public Policy for 2020.
A statement from the Agency says the organisers of the award, the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC), noted that Dr. Jamoh was honoured for his giant strides in repositioning NIMASA with initiatives that inspired ‘tremendous positive change in the maritime sector’.
According to the statement, Dr. Jamoh commended organisers of the ward for honoring him with the renowned Zik prize. In his words, “I grew up hearing of and watching the great Zik of Africa on TV. Back in those days in school, we were taught about Zik as one of our founding fathers. I could never have imagined that I will be receiving this recognition in his name. To be a recipient of this award is very humbling.”
“I want to especially appreciate Mr. President, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, for giving me the opportunity to serve the public, for without that opportunity I don’t think I would have been able to contribute to the extent of being recognised for the Zik Leadership Prize in Public Policy.”
According to the statement the NIMASA DG who was accompanied by his wife said no success story is ever complete without the home front and the foundation it provides “I want to single out my wife, Zulai Bashir Jamoh, for appreciation and recognition as the star of our family. She has continued to provide me with all the daily support and encouragement alongside all our children.”
Jamoh, a seasoned administrator, is also a recipient of Distinguished Merit Award for exemplary leadership achievements in Maritime Education in Nigeria from the Institute of Leadership and Development for the Public Good, Kansas, USA; merit awards from the Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria; and International students of the Faculty of Law, Bayero University, Kano.
Under Jamoh’s administration, Nigeria’s anti-piracy efforts have received global accolades from notable organisations, including the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). A strong delegation from Kaduna State, assigned by Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, including; traditional rulers, and other top Kaduna State government functionaries, led by Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, graced the event to lend support to Dr. Jamoh.
Chairman of the ceremony, Professor Anya O. Anya, said Dr. Jamoh and other awardees emerged after a rigorous and detailed screening process.
On his part, Chief Mac Nwabara of the Advisory Board of PPRAC described the awardees as people of character and achievement who had made humanity and Nigeria, in particular, proud in their different endeavours.
Other recipients present at the event included former Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim, Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu of Lagos State, Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nassarawa State, and Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mr. Mele Kyari.