Dakuku’s Book Out in January 2021

Dakuku Peterside

Safari Books Limited will release the long-awaited book, ‘Strategic Turnaround: Story of a Government Agency,’ by the former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, in January 2021.

A statement issued yesterday by the General Manager, Safari Books Limited, Olayemi Onakunle, said the book would be released in hardcover, paperback, digital and audio book editions.

Giving an insight about the book, Onakunle added that 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. 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,” he said

Onakunle also said Strategic Turnaround: Story of a Government Agency is equally a detailed piece about excellent goal setting in parastatals and agencies and how to achieve the set goals.

He noted that every chapter gives the reader ideas on how to move from goals to results.

According to him, “The book will not only heighten readers’ curiosity from the first page, but will also leave them with lessons that will make them think differently at the end of every chapter.”

Onakunle stressed that copies of the book would be sold on African Books Collective website, Amazon marketplace and in reputable bookshops nationwide, adding that a six-city leadership coaching and speaking programme around the country in June 2021 would follow the release of the book.