Blue Economy: NIMASA DG Champions Proper Plan For Africa

 

L-R: The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside in a handshake with the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello during a presentation on “Introducing the Blue Sea Economy Concept” by the NIMASA DG to the Management of NSC in Lagos at the weekend.

 

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called for a proper framework and structure to harness the opportunities in the Blue Economy in Africa.

The NIMASA DG stated this during a paper presentation to the Management of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) in Lagos titled; “Introducing the Blue Economy Concept”. He said that   participatory engagement, agenda setting, participatory policy design and implementation and multi -sector partnership are key areas to consider in the realisation of a desirable blue sea economic framework.

Speaking further, he said the Blue Economy which stands on three pillars namely; Environmental Sustainability, Economic Sustainability and Social Sustainability has a lot of benefits to the growth and development of the sector in Africa, thereby making it compete favourably with its counterparts in other continents.

Dr. Peterside also highlighted fair multilateral and bilateral agreements, improved well-being, inclusive job creation, Eco-tourism, debt swaps and green ports amongst others as some of the tools and opportunities that abound in the sector.

“About 70 per cent of the earth resources are underneath the sea and has been in most cases left untapped; almost all the cities in the world begin their development from the sea which shows the underlying importance of the sea to economic and social growth. We must therefore work hard and collaboratively to actualise our blue economy sector in Africa”, Dr. Peterside said.

 

L-R: The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Barrister Hassan Bello and the Legal Adviser of NSC during a presentation on “Introducing the Blue Sea Economy Concept” by the NIMASA DG to the Management of NSC in Lagos at the weekend.

 

In a statement by Isichei Osamgbi, Head of Corporate Communications, the DG identified maritime insecurity, criminal activities at sea, climate vulnerability, poor infrastructure among others as factors militating against the development of Africa’s blue economy and assured that NIMASA is doing all it can to curtail criminal activities in the nation’s territorial waterways.

“We have proposed an Anti-piracy bill which is presently before the National Assembly and would be passed soon. This will enable the Agency prosecute those found in such nefarious activities that is capable of hampering the development of the maritime sector.”

The DG called for a budgetary provision for blue economy management as obtainable in other climes and also the creation of an institutional framework for the blue economy sector.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barrister Hassan Bello, commended the efforts of the Dr. Dakuku Peterside led Management of NIMASA and stated that within a short time of his appointment, he has been able to transform the sector.

He also described the Agency as a worthy partner and said that the need for the Council to collaborate with NIMASA to drive the blue economy cannot be over emphasis hence the extension of the invitation to the NIMASA DG to come and give the entire Management team of the NCS firsthand information on the concept of the blue economy.