27 July 2018, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has set up a Committee of Stakeholders to map out strategies to develop Nigeria’s Blue Economy.
Disclosing this at this year’s celebration of the African Day of Seas and Oceans held in Lagos with the theme “Partnership Key to a Sustainable Blue World” NIMASA’s Director General Dr. Dakuku Peterside, noted that the need for countries in the African continent to collaborate has become imperative in order to realize a common goal, geared towards the actualization of the Blue Economy.
Peterside said that the world is concerned about the sustainable use of the seas and oceans as it is endowed with enormous resources, hence the need for Africa to utilize the opportunities embedded in it.
He said:” Our passion for Africa’s partnership inspires our leadership role in the Association of African Maritime Administration, AAMA to continue to innovate with ideas to pull African Maritime Administrations, MARAD, together for sustainable realization of the objectives of the African Integrated Maritime Strategy, AIMS, 2050 towards a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa where there will be equal opportunity to participate towards economic growth.”
While using the opportunity to call for more collaboration among Stakeholders in realizing a robust maritime sector in Nigeria and Africa as a whole, the agency boss assured that NIMASA will continue to engage and educate the public on the sustainable use of the seas and oceans.
Speaking in similar vein, Managing Director, Starz Marine and Engineering Services Limited, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun who chaired the occasion said in his opening remarks that the world is beginning to go back to the original creation God blessed mankind with, which is the seas and the oceans.
Ogbeifun noted that Nigeria is at a vantage position with a good geographical location with about 900 km coastline, hence the need to work harmoniously to realize the blueprint of the AIMS 2050 with the overall goal of actualizing the concept of the Blue Economy in Africa for continental economic growth.