The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has advised federal government to develop blue economy to save the country from depending solely on oil.
Peterside gave the advice at the 2018 World Maritime Day celebration held in Lagos.
Themed “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future,” this year’s event, which coincided with the 70th anniversary of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), according to Dr. Dakuku, could not have come at a better time than now, when Nigeria is taking deliberate steps to harness the enormous benefits of the country’s maritime industry.
According to the Director-General, NIMASA is taking various steps to ensure the growth of the sector for the overall economic benefit of the country. “We want to make sure that our maritime sector remains virile and this is the reason we are making moves to safeguard our maritime domain because we cannot talk about shipping without taking the safety and security of our maritime domain seriously,” he stated.
Dakuku pointed out that the total spectrum maritime security strategy being put in place by the Agency will ensure that the maritime subsector was rid of criminalities that hamper the industry’s growth. He said the ultimate goal of the Agency was to make Nigeria one of the safest maritime domains in Africa.
Commenting on the Executive Order of the Federal Government on Ease of Doing Business, the Director-General said the Agency had succeeded in reducing the issuance time for bill and sailing clearance to vessels to 24 hours, thereby drastically reducing the delay in vessel turnaround time.
The World Maritime Day is a day set aside by the IMO to celebrate the contributions of the maritime industry to the global economy. Though internationally marked on September 27, each IMO member state has the right to choose a suitable date on which to commemorate the event.