‘Strategic Turnaround: Story of a Government Agency’, a book by Dakuku Peterside, former director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), is set for release in January 2021.

Olayemi Onakunle, general manager of Safari Books limited, broke the news in a statement to TheCable Lifestyle on Sunday.

Onakunle said the 300-page book is a “straightforward narrative of events, and turnaround initiatives embarked upon in the agency in the four years of Dakuku’s management that changed NIMASA from a laggard institution to one of the most respected and admired government agencies in Nigeria.”

“The book critically explores leadership and management principles, both theoretically and practically, in a public sector setting, which anyone serious about improving performance in governance must pay attention to,” the statement read.

“More than a story of successes and failures, the book highlights critical lessons for those desirous of renewing, repositioning or reforming public sector organisations

“This 13-chapter book expounds on strategic turnaround and performance optimisation in public sector settings. Readers will gain unusual insight into how government and regulatory agencies work and the complexities of achieving an extraordinary result in the face of the challenge of bureaucracy and multiple stakeholders with varied interests.”

The general manager added that the book also provides useful insights into excellent goal setting in parastatals and agencies and how to achieve the set goals.

The book, Olakunle said, will be released in hardcover, paperback, digital and audiobook editions. He added that its release will be followed by a six-city leadership coaching and speaking programme around the country in June 2021.

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