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L-R: Chief of Naval Staff representative, Rear Admiral Sunday A.G. Ababa, Board Chairman NIMASA, General Jonathan India Garba, Director General, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside and the House Committee Chairman on Maritime Safety and Education, Hon. Umar Mohamed Bago at the harmonized NIMASA Stakeholders Forum tagged: Synergy; An Instrument for Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, Friday, September 29, 2017.

Blue Economy: Maritime a dependable sector for transformation of Nigerian economy- NIMASA DG

 

(TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that the nation’s maritime industry is a dependable sector that is capable of transforming Nigeria to achieving a Blue economy, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.

Peterside equally stressed the need for stakeholders to actively participate in the Nigerian maritime sector in order to support the growth of the country to that enviable developmental effect.

NIMASA DG who made this known while addressing stakeholders at the Harmonised NIMASA Stakeholders Interactive Forum with the theme “Synergy: An Instrument for Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy” on Friday in Lagos said that amount of littoral states in Nigeria and the length of the nation’s makes the development of Nigeria blue economy a necessity for the country’s benefit.

L-R: Chief of Naval Staff representative, Rear Admiral Sunday A.G. Ababa, Board Chairman NIMASA, General Jonathan India Garba, Director General, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, House Committee Chairman on Maritime Safety and Education, Hon. Umar Mohamed Bago and the Executive Director, Maritime Safety & Shipping Development, NIMASA, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin at the harmonized NIMASA Stakeholders Forum tagged: Synergy; An Instrument for Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, Friday, September 29, 2017.

(Blue Economy): is sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving the health of the ecosystem, activities of Blue Economy includes Renewable energies; Fisheries; Maritime Transport; Tourism; Climate Change; and Waste Management.

In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Head of Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Isichei Osamgbi, The NIMASA DG said that the Agency is currently on a mission of changing the landscape of the nation’s maritime domain by putting a policy framework in place to allow maritime business to thrive.

According to the DG “ Maritime provide a veritable opportunity for us to grow our economy. We will ensure we play our role by providing necessary policies for industry players to reap the benefits of of participating in the sector in order to develop our blue economy for Nigeria’s benefit”.

L-R: Executive Director, Maritime Labour & Cabotage Services, NIMASA, Mr Gambo Ahmed, Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority representative, Capt. Iheanacho Ebuboju, Chief of Naval Staff representative, Rear Admiral Sunday A.G. Ababa, Board Chairman NIMASA, General Jonathan India Garba and the Director General, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside at the harmonized NIMASA Stakeholders Forum tagged: Synergy; An Instrument for Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, Friday, September 29, 2017.

Peterside however charged industry stakeholders to collaborate and cooperate with the Agency as it strives to create an enabling environment for them to operate adding that the Agency has created various platforms through which stakeholders can communicate with the Agency on various issues.

“The industry belongs to stakeholders, we must synergize to get the benefits embedded in maritime, we must work together all the time because it is our priority that those who do business in the industry flourish in order to develop our blue economy, and that is why we are in the process of acquiring more surveillance aircrafts and additional fast intervention vessels as enshrined in the new maritime security architecture approved by the Federal Executive Council to ensure that our maritime domain remains safe for doing business” he said.

L-R: Executive Director, Maritime Safety & Shipping Development, NIMASA, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, Director General, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, Board Chairman NIMASA, General Jonathan India Garba and the House Committee Chairman on Maritime Safety and Education, Hon. Umar Mohamed Bago at the harmonized NIMASA Stakeholders Forum tagged: Synergy; An Instrument for Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, Friday, September 29, 2017.

The NIMASA DG also hinted that as part of ensuring the Nigerians reap the benefits of the industry, said that the Agency is also carrying out a robust human capacity building for the sector. He added that the Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with some foreign schools to provide Sea time training to the graduates of the Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) which has hitherto been a challenge in the past.

Also at the event, the Chairman Governing Board of the Agency, Major General Jonathan India Garba (Rtd.) said that the Board would continue to support the Dr. Peterside led Executive Management by giving necessary approvals that would reform the Nigerian maritime sector for economic benefit.

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside in a discussion with the House Committee Chairman on Maritime Safety and Education, Hon. Umar Mohamed Bago, (right) during the harmonized NIMASA Stakeholders Forum tagged: Synergy; An Instrument for Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, Friday, September 29, 2017.

In the same vein, the Chairman House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Mr. Muhammed Umar Bago said that the Legislative arm of the government is ready to support NIMASA and Stakeholders by providing laws that would advance the country’s maritime sector.

Also speaking at the event, the Chairman of Nigerian Ports Consultative Council, Otunba Kunle Folarin commended NIMASA’s drive towards building capacity for the sector. He said that the effect of these drive would be felt in the industry sooner rather than later.

It would be recalled that Peterside since assumption of duty had always advocated for stakeholders cooperation towards building a viable maritime sector and as also championed the repositioning of the regulatory Agency for optimum service delivery.

L-R: Chief of Naval Staff representative, Rear Admiral Sunday A.G. Ababa, Board Chairman NIMASA, General Jonathan India Garba and the Director General, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside at the harmonized NIMASA Stakeholders Forum tagged: Synergy; An Instrument for Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, Friday, September 29, 2017.

Former Director General, NIMASA, Mr Temisan Omatseye, (left) with the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside at the harmonized NIMASA Stakeholders Forum tagged: Synergy; An Instrument for Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, Friday, September 29, 2017.

L-R: Former Director General, NIMASA, Mr Temisan Omatseye, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr Dakuku Peterside and the Managing Director Nigerian Ports Authority representative, Capt. Iheanacho Ebuboju at the harmonized NIMASA Stakeholders Forum tagged: Synergy; An Instrument for Sustainable Development of the Blue Economy held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, Friday, September 29, 2017.

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