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The Director General/CEO, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola, in company of the NIMASA Abuja Zonal Office Head, Mrs Moji Jimoh (2nd right), presents a condolence card to the family of former National Maritime Authority DG, Late Architect Ferdinand Agu, during a condolence visit to the deceased’s family, weekend.

BY AKUDORO GLORIA

The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola, has paid a condolence visit to the family of late Architect Ferdinand Agu, former Director General of the National Maritime Authority (NMA) at the weekend.

Mobereola, who led a NIMASA delegation on the visit to late Agu’s family in Lagos State, described Agu’s passing is a significant loss to the Nigerian maritime industry, acknowledging his contributions and influence in the sector.

This was just as the family announced the internment of the late NMA DG, Architect Ferdinand Agu, is scheduled on August 2, 2024, while the obsequies will begin on July 23 in Abuja and will conclude with an outing service on August 4.

Mobereola, in a statement signed by the Agency’s Assistant Director/Head, Public Relations, Mr. Osagie Edward, said late Agu was a man who left indelible mark in the nation’s maritime space while serving as DG of the NMA and continued to selflessly contribute when called upon long after he left office.

He added that Agu’s achievements in the defunct NMA contributed to the success story of NIMASA in many invaluable ways.

The NIMASA DG recalled that under Agu’s leadership, the NMA led Nigeria to be included in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) White List of countries compliant with the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW).

He also eulogized him for conceptualizing and commencing the construction of the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Centre in Kirikiri, Lagos, which today serves many strategic and critical purposes in advancing the NIMASA mandate.

Mobereola said Agu deserves great recognition for the facility that today houses the Regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre and other relevant departments and units of the Agency.

“Architect Ferdinand Agu, a recipient of the national honour of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), was Director General of the National Maritime Authority from 2000 to 2005,” the statement revealed.

Similarly, the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Dr. Tayo Aduloju in his X handle, remarked late Architect Ferdinand Agu as a true Federalist-Philosopher, an Architect of Modern Nigerian Maritime, and a Nigerian Intellectual who dedicated his life to the renaissance of a dominant Nigerian identity, value system, and national cohesion.

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