Minister of Transportation Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has said that the federal government is committed to building capacity for all the segments of the Transport sector in order to progress the Nigerian economy.
The minister, according a press statement from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), stated this at the second Nigerian Maritime Technical Summit organised by the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) in Lagos. The theme was ‘Ship Operations in Nigeria: Policy, Technical, Financial Challenges and Solution.’
Amaechi, who was represented by the Director General of NIMASA Dr. Dakuku Peterside, noted that the Government is committed creating policies that would enhance the growth of the entire transport sector.
He said that Marine Engineers and Surveyors are critical to the growth of the Maritime Sector adding that they play major roles from the building of the Ships through the entire lifespan of the vessel.
According to him, “Marine Engineers and Surveyors are at the very heart of shipping, the life of a ship begins on the table of a marine engineer and the surveyors and they continue to play a role on the ship through the entire life span of the vessel.’’
Amaechi who also noted that shipping stands on a tripod of funding, right policies and proper technical direction said that the government is doing everything within its powers to ensure that the maritime industry thrives.
He said that the Government has taken a bold step to audit all Agencies and parastatals under the transport sector in order to strengthen them to perform optimally.
According to the minister, efforts were in top gear to resuscitate the national fleet and that the committee made up largely of stakeholders in the industry will soon submit its report and recommendations for the setting up of the fleet.
Earlier in his remarks, the President of AMES, Engr. Charles Uwadia said that he is moved by the enthusiasm of the President Buhari led administration to revamp the maritime sector. He pledged that AMES would continue to work with the Government in order to ensure that the sector reaches its full potentials to the benefit of the Nigerian economy.