Nnamani wants corporate organizations to be relevant to their environments
February 10, 2006
Governor Chimaroke Nnamani has called on corporate organizations operating in the country to wake up to their social responsibilities to their immediate environments and beyond. This, he said, they could do by organizing and sponsoring sporting activities as well as participating in social functions that would help promote the social and healthcare of the people.

Speaking when he received in audience the Director General and management staff of the National Maritime Authority (NMA) at the Governor’s Lodge, Enugu, Governor Nnamani observed that many big companies shy away from their social responsibilities to the people, adding that such acts need to be reviewed.

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani charged the management of the National Maritime Authority (NMA) to intensify its sensitization and enlightenment campaign about maritime activities in the country. The Governor noted that the campaign had helped bring their activities closer to the people.

He observed that adequate sensitization would also enable the people to appreciate what the authority is doing and therefore encourage them to invest in the maritime industry.

He noted with satisfaction that the NMA, apart from being a regulatory agency on maritime activities, is also a bastion of trade and the origin of commerce as well as avenues for caterers, engineers and other professionals and businesses to thrive.

The State Chief Executive praised the NMA for sponsoring the week-long National Lawn Tennis Tournament in Enugu, adding that it would go a long way towards the promotion of sports in Enugu State in particular and Nigeria in general.

He described the Director General of the agency Engr. Festus Ugwu as a veritable symbol of excellence, a true ambassador of transparency as well as an achiever who had brought a lot of positive reforms to the maritime authority.

He said that Engr. Ugwu, who until his appointment as the chief executive of the NMA last year was the Enugu State Commissioner for Works, was a symbol of hard work who anchored his faith in God, adding that these virtues are what his government stands for in Enugu State.

Earlier in his speech, the NMA boss had told the Governor that they were in Enugu State for the closing ceremony of the ongoing National Lawn Tennis Tournament being sponsored by the authority.

Engr. Ugwu informed the Governor that the sponsorship was part of their contribution to the development of sports in the country. He explained that their stay in the Coal City afforded them an opportunity to educate the people about the activities of the agency and the need for them to invest in the maritime industry.

The NMA boss announced that the Federal Government has authorized them to acquire helicopters for monitoring activities and safety operations in the coastal areas in addition to other search and rescue operations for sea farers.

Engr. Ugwu took time to explain to the Governor what the cabotage law is all about, pointing out that it empowers the agency to ensure strict compliance with all maritime regulations, ensure that ships are solely owned by Nigerian, while such ships must also be built in Nigeria and manned by Nigerians.


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