Fri 08.18.2017 | Time 6.25 hrs
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From left: The elected Chairman Bala, Ms Usman and the Director-General IMSO, Capt Ahmed Moin at the Assembly in London 
The Federal Government has congratulated the Nigeria's Alternate Permanent Representative (ARP) to the   International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Mr Dikko Tahir Bala over his election, as the Chairman of International Mobile Satellite (IMSO).
The election was conducted yesterday, in London, during the 24th Assembly of the body. Mr Dikko Tahir Bala, who was unanimously elected, will occupy the prestigious position for two consecutive years. 
The commendation was given on behalf of the government by the Head of Nigerian Delegation to the International body, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman.
Usman, who is also the Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA) said the election was a big achievement for Nigeria in particular and Africa in general.
Speaking on behalf of the government and the good people of Nigeria, the NPA's helmsman assured the Assembly that Nigeria and all other member states would be fully committed to the work of IMSO and ensure that the international organisation succeeds in all its programmes. She said, she was happy that the new satellite technologies will ensure safety and security of life at sea.
Ms Usman thanked the delegates from all member states for their support and trust in appointing a distinguished Nigerian as the Chairman. She also assured the delegates that the Assembly would be run by the new Chairman in the best interest of the body and all concerned. The new Chairman, she said, "is hardworking and have never been found wanting in the execution of his mandate."
She also commended the Directorate of the Assembly for always willing to support the member states despite its limited resources. Ms Usman therefore, called on the new Chairman to always ensure that the Directorate is properly resourced and motivated to achieve its desired results.
 "Always remember that the primary responsibility of IMSO is ensuring that lives are continuously being saved within the maritime domain, among others, " Usman said.
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