…Sets up Committee on Sustainable Blue Economy in Nigeria
L-R: Dr. Chris Asoluka, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA Board Chairman, Major General, Jonathan India Garba (rtd.) President, Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, Professor Babajide Alo and Dr. Mrs. Felicia Mogo during the 2018 African Day of Seas and Oceans held in Lagos Wednesday.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that partnership is a crucial element to the effective utilization of Africa’s maritime resources, just as a committee of stakeholders has been set up to map out strategies to develop the Nigeria’s Blue Economy.
The NIMASA DG who said this on Wednesday during 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”, noted that the need for countries in the African continent to collaborate has become vital in order to realize a common goal, geared towards the actualization of the Blue Economy.
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.”
In his contribution, Managing Director of Starz Marine and Engineering Services limited, Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, said in his opening remarks that the world is beginning to go back to the original creation God blessed mankind with, the seas and the oceans.
Also speaking at the event Barrister (Mrs.) Margaret Orakwusi who delivered the lead paper titled; “National Maritime Strategy and the National Maritime Transport Policy Framework: How Far is the Road Yet?”, concluded by saying; “For Nigeria to develop a robust and sustainable maritime sector, there is the need to prepare an all-inclusive framework and strategy based on the development strategies of the African Union in line with the AIMS 2050, Agenda 2063, Lome Charter and the African Maritime Transport Charter”.
In his paper titled; “Developing our Blue Economy as a Critical National Economic Objective: The Partnership Model, ”Dr. Chris Asoluka stated that the only way to fully optimize the opportunities embedded in the African seas and oceans is to work collaboratively as a continent, so that “we can compete favorably with our counterparts in other continents.”
On his part, Professor Babajide Alo an environmental expert who also spoke at the event advised that beyond the annual celebration of the event, partnership strategies to ensure sustainable implementation of the resolutions must be considered so that in the long run all set goals are achieved for the benefit of the entire African continent.
The highpoint of the event was the setting up a partnership committee on implementation of sustainable Blue Economy in Nigeria to be Chaired by Major General, Jonathan India Garba (rtd) and the Secretary is Dr. Mrs. Felicia Mogo, the Deputy Director, in charge Marine Environment Management of NIMASA. Other members of the Committee includes; Dr. Chris Asoluka, Captain Sunday Umoren amongst others.
The Committee while being inaugurated by Mr. Mike Igbokwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) was charged to come up a framework for the actualization of the Blue Economy initiative in Nigeria amongst other responsibilities, all geared towards the realization of a robust and virile maritime sector in Nigeria.