TENSION has gripped Directors of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, the highest regulatory agency in the maritime industry, following the sudden retirement of four Directors and impending retirement of another set of Deputy Directors of the agency.
Already, the Senate Committee on Marine Transport headed by Hajia Zainab Kure, the Federal Character Commission, FCC and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, have summoned the Director General of the agency, Mr. Patrick Akpobolokemi, to explain the appointments and retirement of personnel in the agency since 2011 when he took over the leadership.
Vanguard gathered that trouble started when the Director General reportedly asked some serving Directors to proceed on their retirement leave even though they were not due.
The affected Directors were offered a package three times their normal severance package if they accept the offer to leave.
It was also said that the first set of Directors that took the offer to resign got between N75 million and N150 million.
It was learnt that the second set of Deputy Directors have also been offered the same ‘golden hand shake’ with a view to resigning before their time.
The move by management to coax this category of staff to resign before their time boomeranged and some of the affected officers petitioned some agencies of government on the happenings in the agency, a development that led to the Director General being summoned.