By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja
MUNIRUDEEN Bola Oyebamiji, the newly appointed Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) assumed duty on Monday in Lokoja with a call on Nigerians to approach national challenges with a renewed resolve.
Oyebamiji who disclosed this at a brief Handing-over and Taking-over ceremony at the headquarters of the authority on Monday in Lokoja said there was need for Nigerians to approach national challenges with a renewed resolve in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.
“For Nigeria to attain her full economic potentials, all sectors, including the inland Waterways, must be primed to support efficient and effective service delivery.
“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.
“As an agency, our mission is clear, and our objectives are achievable… I therefore plead for your cooperation, dedication and doggedness as we approach the task before us.
“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, by the special grace of God”, he said.
Oyebamiji said that he would, in the coming days, unveil all programes and activities in line with Mr President’s charge and mandate of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economies, with the thematics spelt out effectively.
He expressed appreciation to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, for the opportunity afforded him to serve at this level and pledged not to let any one of them down.
The new NIWA Managing Director pledged to ensure discipline in all areas of the operation of the Agency saying, that his life had been marked by discipline and accountability.
The former Commissioner for Finance in Osun State, said he would maintain an open door policy in his resolve to move the Authority forward adding, “I am an advocate of an open door policy where everyone matters.
“NIWA can be performance-driven with your support. As the captain of this vessel, I shall always make myself available to everyone. I look forward to receiving your suggestions, criticisms, and commendations (when we deserve them)”, he said.
In his handing over speech, the Acting Managing Director, Surv. Adetola James Olawale congratulated Oyebamiji for his appointment and pledged the cooperation of the entire staff.