NIMASA partners with NHF, NIWA on heart awareness, waterways safety

August 14th, 2018

As part of its corporate social responsibility, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is partnering the Nigerian Heart Foundation (NHF) to create awareness on the dangers of heart diseases and their effects on the well-being of people.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos ahead of the NHF Charity Golf tournament slated for September 1, 2018, in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, the NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, charged Nigerians to make physical exercise a habit as a means of preventing heart-related diseases.
Peterside, who was represented by the agency’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, stressed that “heart-related diseases affect all genders and ages, and cuts across all socio-economic and geographic lines.”
According to him, “NIMASA, as a corporate socially responsible agency, is glad to participate and lend its voice via this platform put together by NHF towards awareness on heart-related diseases to help save lives.”
On his part, the Executive Director of NHF, Dr. Kingsley Akinroye, disclosed that the foundation was making plans to raise N100 million from the charity tourney to raise awareness, reduce and prevent cardiovascular-related diseases among citizens.
He thanked NIMASA for keeping its mandate alive with its support for wellness in every sector, while calling on individuals, golfers, corporate bodies and government agencies to partner and support the foundation.
Also, the Captain of Port Harcourt Golf Club, Mr. Chris Allogoa, thanked NIMASA for supporting the tourney, while urging more corporate organisations to key into the programme to help develop sports and save lives.
Similarly, Peterside has assured that NIMASA would work with the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to promote safety and safer water transportation.
He regretted the recent boat mishaps across the country, especially the most recent in Rivers State, and promised a personal donation of 1,000 life jackets to jetty operators in the state as a way of promoting safety consciousness.
He noted that the gesture was in line with NIMASA’s commitment to safety of lives and property in the maritime sector, over which it recently shut down some facilities for breaching the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
Reiterating management’s commitment to repositioning NIMASA for its core mandate of advancing Nigeria’s global maritime goals, Peterside added that the agency was putting a lot of structures in place to keep it on a sound footing, according to a statement from the Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi.
He assured that the agency was continuously collaborating with relevant security agencies to protect the nation’s waterways and by extension the Gulf of Guinea.

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