Judiciary key to maritime development – NIMASA DG

L-R: Former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Auta, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Chair of Panel, Hon. Justice Emmanuel Ayoola and the Director General, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) Prof. Adedeji Adekunle, SAN, at 7th Strategic Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges organized by NIMASA in collaboration with NIALS, Lagos

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside on Tuesday in Lagos stated that NIMASA was taking deliberate steps to work with the judiciary and other arms of government to reposition Nigeria’s maritime industry, by providing necessary updates on information and law in the maritime sector.

Peterside stated this at the opening of the 7th strategic admiralty law seminal for judges, noting that in initiating the seminar, the Agency noted the complex and time sensitiveness of maritime issue and the consequent requirement for prompt resolutions.

The seminar was organised jointly by NIMASA and the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS). Its theme was “Towards effective Admiralty in a Blue Economy.”  

According to Peterside, “In initiating this event, the Agency is not unaware of the complex and time sensitive nature of maritime issues and their attendant requirement for speedy resolutions often through judicial pronouncements by superior courts of records. The scenario no doubt puts pressure not only on those entrusted with the responsibility of responding to the economic exigencies, but also on judicial officers responsible for balancing important notions of justice, contract and the law”

The DG also noted that the objective of the seminar over the years has been to sensitize the target Judges on contemporary maritime law issues both within and outside the Nigerian Jurisdiction as shipping is a multi-jurisdictional enterprise.

He further added that in line with NIMASA’s commitment towards ensuring capacity building for critical stakeholders, the agency decided to expand the scope of attendees to cover justices of the Court of Appeal because of their critical roles in the dispensation of justice.

Earlier in his remarks, the DG NIALS, Prof. Deji Adekunle commended the NIMASA leadership for continuous collaboration with relevant stakeholders to advance the Nation’s maritime
e industry. He said the institute will continue to collaborate with the Agency and provide necessary assistance to NIMASA in its bid to ensure a safe and secure maritime space.

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