The Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has launched deliberate efforts to ramp up the role of the ocean economy to support the economic diversification drive of the Federal Government.
To this end, the Agency had set up strategies to rid the marine environment of obstacles to navigation and investment.
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Thus, as the continent marked African Day of Seas and Oceans on July 25, 2019, the need for sustainable use of the marine resources were highlighted.
It was a time for the agency to rally the whole country to discuss how to reap the full benefits of its vast maritime endowments.
It was also a time to emphasise the problems caused by polluted waterways, to underscore NIMASA’s determination to improve the health of the waters.
To this end, the agency said it had taken proactive steps to ensure clean waters for navigation and investment.
Part of the steps was the inauguration of Marine Litter Marshals.
This body, it was gathered will assist in ridding the oceans of unwanted waste materials that can degrade the environment and impede navigation.
Dakuku Peterside, the Director-General (DG) NIMASA, believes there is a symbiotic relationship between the health of the oceans and the health of the people and the economy of the country. This propelled him in taking decisive steps that will guarantee the health of the oceans.
NIMASA has also, in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Partnership Action (GPA), developed a national action plan on marine litter, bearing in mind that clean waters also means an increase in economic activities such as fishing and other aquatic activities.
Speaking recently on the giant steps taken by the Agency, a Customs Broker, Mrs Celestina Chinyere Okere, noted that the former honourable Minister of Transport Rt Chibuike Ameachi and other well-meaning Nigerians have seen the need to explore and harness the maritime sector to reposition Nigeria’s economy and absorb the unemployed population of this our great nation.
Mrs Okere, who is also the Chief Executive Officer(CEO) Celefrank Nigeria Limited said that the DG of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside referred to the Maritime sector as the trust of golden opportunities that sincere investors are assured of with maximum profit.
“Nigeria is a largely endowed maritime nation in terms of coastal shipping resources. The river Niger is the third-longest river in Africa with well over 1,2715km of navigable water and an attendant huge potential for transportation.
“In term of infrastructure, Nigeria has a number of important seaports and inland containers ports located in the hydrocarbon-rich Gulf of guinea. The world’s 6th largest exporter of crude oil with an output of more than 2.4million barrels per day at peak periods.”
According to her, “All these natural resources comparatively places Nigeria amongst the richest countries of the world and position her to make a significant impact on the global shipping arena, but the country has not been able to properly harness this wealth that nature has endowed on her rather she has allowed the industry to be dominated by foreigners due to lack of skilled domestic labour.”
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