The newly-appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Alhaji Munirudeen Bola Oyebamiji on Monday promised to hit the ground running as he assumed office following his appointment.
The new NIWA boss said there is need to approach the national challenges with a renewed resolve hence the need to key into the noble initiative of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda to collectively build a new Nigeria of everyone’s dream.
This is even as the former Osun State Finance Commissioner expressed profound gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his principal, Marine and Blue Economy Minister, Adegboyega Oyetola CON for finding him worthy of the appointment.
He implored the management and staff of the agency to key into President Tinubu’s Charge, and the mandate of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.
Oyebamiji who was given a tumultuous welcome at NIWA’s headquarters, Lokoja, Kogi state, by his kinsmen from Ikire; leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress APC from Osun; friends and political associates was later received warmly into the office by management and staff of the agency.
Addressing the agency’s members of staff, Oyebamiji disclosed that his mission as the head of the agency is clear which is to earnestly make tremendous impacts in consonance with the set goals and objectives of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.
He noted that all hands must be on deck to harness the potential of the agency for betterment of the country.
According to him, for Nigeria to attain her full economic potential, all sectors, including the Inland Waterways, must be primed to support efficient and effective service delivery.
Oyebamiji who disclosed his readiness to strengthen bond of togetherness and promote the principle of Team Spirit in the agency, said transparency, accountability and probity will be his watchwords.
He said he is committed to run an open door policy where everyone matters in the development of the agency saying “as the captain of this ship, I shall always make myself available to everyone and look forward to receiving your suggestions, criticisms, and commendations (when we deserve them).”
“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.
“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.
“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”, he added.