By Gboyega Oni
Failure of policy formulation, lack of knowledge and lack of investment by the federal government are the reasons why the abundant resources of the nation’s blue sea economy have remained untapped for so long.
This was disclosed by the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside at a one-day relations parley with the maritime press yesterday in Lagos.
He noted that the resources in the nation’s seas were enormous but for these reasons Nigeria and Nigerians could not take advantage of the resources for the growth of the nation.
He informed that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the ministry were working on policy towards the harnessing of the resources.
According to him, ‘Nigeria has not invested in shipping, deep sea fishing, undermining and other sector of the blue economy. If we are not investing, how do we reap? The Minister of Transportation Right Honourable Rotimi Amaechi is doing everything possible in ensuring that government formulates policy to grow the blue economy.’
He appealed to the maritime media to expose and educate both the government and Nigerians on the economic potentials that are abound in the blue sea economy sector of the nation.
Speaking on piracy, Peterside NIMASA and the ministry had made tremendous effort to put the anti-piracy bill together which is awaiting passage into law by the National Assembly. He assured that when the bill becomes law, it will help to curb piracy on the nation’s seas.