By Innocent Orok
The newly appointed Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Munirudeen Oyebamiji, has enjoined workers of the authority to embrace efficiency, doggedness for the nation’s progress.
The NIWA boss made this in an address made available to Roamrepporters online during his official takeover as the new helmsman of the Waterways regulatory agency at the headquarters office in Lokoja, Kogi State.
Oyebamiji said for the nation to achieve its full economic potentials, all sectors including the Inland Waterways must ensure effective and efficient service delivery.
He pleaded for workers’ cooperation, dedication and doggedness to acheive the task of providing safe and secured inland Waterways for Nigerians
He said “We just must begin to do things differently if we hope to achieve different results.
“I bring to you a campaign of renewed hope that things can be better and that things, indeed, will get better with our combined efforts. As an agency, our mission is clear, and our objectives are achievable. For Nigeria to attain her full economic potential, all sectors, including the inland waterways, must be primed to support efficient and effective service delivery.
“I, therefore, plead for your cooperation, dedication, and doggedness as we approach the tasks before us. Like Mr. President said days ago, let us delete every line of division in our daily activities. It is time for all hands to be on deck. We cannot afford to fail, and we will not fail.”
Oyebamiji stated that his administration would unveil his programmes and activities for the inland waterways in no distant time.
-“In the coming days, we shall unveil our programmes and activities, in line with Mr. President’s charge and the mandate of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.
“ I am an advocate of an ‘open door’ policy where everyone matters. As the captain of this ship, I shall always make myself available to everyone. I look forward to receiving your suggestions, criticisms, and commendations (when we deserve them),” he stated.
“My life has been marked by discipline and accountability. I was thrown into a very competitive sector early in my career. The banking sector does not support mediocrity in any form; your performance determines your placement and benefits. I had the uncommon privilege to learn and practice Classical Banking under the Doyens of the industry in the marine sector among others.
“NIWA can be performance-driven with your support. Expectedly, these two values will be my guiding principles as a servant in this position. Dear colleagues, you will agree with me that, as Nigerians, we need to approach our national challenges with a renewed resolve. We just must begin to do things differently if we hope to achieve different results.
“I therefore bring to you a campaign of renewed hope that things can be better and that things, indeed, will get better with our combined efforts”, he said.