The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has begun the process of relieving over 200 of its employees, employed during the tenure of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to 234 Press, the first batch of 25 people were on Thursday, September 17, 2015 served their dismissal letters, with most of them said to cut across junior and management staff employed by the last administration of Patrick Akpobolokemi, and the former NIMASA Director-General, Temisan Omatseye.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Calistus Obi was appointed as the acting Director General of NIMASA replacing Mr. Akpobolokemi, only for the Presidency to terminate his appointment barely four days later, replacing him with Haruna Baba Jauro, an indigene of Yobe State.
According to the report, a peep into the list of sacked staff shows that most of affected staff are from the South South and South East geo-political zones.
According to maritime industry experts, this amounts to victimization and an “ethnic cleansing” with notable maritime expert, Barrister Cajitan Ilomuanyan, saying: “this act is very unfortunate as much as it is audacious.
“What we are witnessing since the emergency of Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro is demotion of staff while he is promoting people of his region; this no doubt is creating problem for President Buhari, as this tend to create an impression that the President is against other ethnic regions”.