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Friday, 2 October 2015

NIMASA DG Haruna Baba Jauro Allegedly Employs Daughter, Son-in-law, Pays N4.8million Transfer Allowance

Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro, Acting Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA (Left) receiving handover notes from Barrister Calistus Nwabueze Obi, Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services at the Agency’s Head Office in Lagos, July 27, 2015 (NIMASA Photo)

There may be palpable tension in the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as the acting Director General (DG), Haruna Baba Jauro has reportedly employed his daughter Cynthia James (nee Jauro) and her husband.

According to Maritime Management Series (MMS) Weekly magazine Jauro employed his daughter and her spouse two months ago and posted them to Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

 Mr. Jauro after employing his daughter and son-in-law, posted them to Port Harcourt and two months after “un-procedurally transferred both of them to the Abuja office of NIMASA”.

Further investigations revealed that full allowances were paid out to them, thereby generating ripples amongst the generality of staff.

Following their employment, on Grade Level 13 and 12 respectively, far above their qualifications, they were sent to Port Harcourt where they eventually got transferred to Abuja last week, and in the process, were paid N2,500,000 and N2,350,000, a total sum of N4,850,000 (four million, eight hundred and fifty thousand only), while other staff have been denied transfers.

Nonetheless, NIMASA staff are agitated as they are presently being owed salaries for the months of August and September, with no hope in sight for payment; while Mr. Jauro is busy lobbying the media and junketing on media tours and courtesy calls to prominent Nigerians and publicizing same in a bid to be named the substantive DG of NIMASA.

Meanwhile, maritime industry watchers are curious at the prompt payment of allowances to Mr. Jauro’s daughter and son-in-law, following the cash crunch in NIMASA

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