Civil Servants from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) were welcomed to SOAS on 20 May 2019

“I have learnt that change/reform starts with me.”


“I …learned new and better ways of creating productivity through performance.”

These were some of the comments from participants who attended a 5 day workshop led and hosted by SOAS in collaboration with Renner & Renner, an international consultancy firm.

Civil Servants from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) were welcomed to SOAS on 20 May 2019, by our Director, Baroness Valerie Amos CH.

Sixteen participants attended the robust and engaging training programme, which aimed to provide an in-depth understanding of the individual and institutional challenges and opportunities in embarking on a programme of reform. This would be of ongoing importance to NIMASA as they delivered quality services and increased transparency in a challenging and fast-moving environment.

Dr Alberto Asquer and Dr Gary Schwarz from SOAS’s School of Finance and Management collaborated with the Enterprise team to deliver the 5-day programme. The School has developed a deep understanding of the civil service in various countries from decades of close working with developing economies.

The participants received an added boost from a visit to their UK counterpart, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in Southampton. This was an opportunity to network with international peers and share best practice in using operational objectives to meet strategic goals.

Members of the group praised the learning environment and support provided by SOAS. SOAS was pleased to have a role in nurturing a sense of pride in the delegates’ own individual roles in improving public quality of life and fostering economic development of Nigeria.

Pro-Director (International) Professor Stephen Hopgood and AXA Professor in Global Finance Professor Victor Murinde presented the group with certificates at a ceremony held on their final day.


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