NIMASA Inaugurates 120 Marine Litter Marshals for sea protection

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has inaugurated Marine Litter Marshals to assist the Agency in ridding the oceans of unwanted waste materials that could cause environmental degradation and also impede safety of navigation on the nation’s territorial waters.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony of the first phase with 120 marshals held at the Nigerian Maritime Resource Development Centre in Lagos, the Director General of the Agency,


Dr. Dakuku Peterside charged Nigerians on the sensible usage of the ocean resources and incorporated that there are such countless dependent on the ocean; consequently the need to promise it is immaculate and truly utilized.

According to Peterside, “the state of quality of the ocean is related to the state of our prosperity and our economy; in this way we should stop the capricious dumping of materials in our ocean”.

He also communicated that, marine litter particularly impacts on ocean life, marine regular environment, human prosperity, and navigational security with potential consequences for monetary headway of nations. This he concentrated on required the Agency to cooperate with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Global Partnership Action (GPA) in 2015 to complete a consistent write about marine litter test in Nigeria, in this way turning up at ground zero to the change of the national action suspect marine litter and its campaign thought.

DG who used the opportunity to charge the marshals to go to the ports, coastlines and littoral gatherings and illuminate them on the need to keep up cleaner oceans; requested them to in like manner keep watch and certification that the right thing is done accordingly that our eco system can be defended. He furthermore advised that the Agency won’t ignore careless dumping of waste uncontrolled.

In his reaction, a marine circumstance ace and the President of the Waste Management Society of Nigeria, Professor Osinbajo Oladele, who praised the action and depicted the Agency as a urging sign to whatever is left of Africa. He said there was need to protect our oceans as it holds a huge amount of chances in working up the nation.

He communicated assist that there was the necessity for between generational estimation of our benefits, which infers the survival of the eco system is liable to this present age as it will impact the future generation. “The condition isn’t a gift from our people, however a credit from our youths. We ought to thus do all that we can to protect it”, Professor Osinbajo said.

Investigated that the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter1972, typically called the “London Convention” and moreover contracted asMarine Dumping, is an agree to control tainting of the sea by dumping and to ask nearby assentions supplementary to the Convention. It covers the deliberate disposal at sea ofwastes or other issue from vessels, flying machine, and stages.

According to overall estimations, around 80 for every penny of marine tainting begins aground. To address this, strong formed action is required. UN have championed a course for the Global Program of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based activities, which NIMASA has furthermore gone into remembering the true objective to develop and fortify think and a multi-accomplice associations on supplement pollution, marine litter and water wastes.

Accordingly, the coordinator of the wander and Deputy Director, Marine and Environment Management of NIMASA, Dr. (Mrs.) Felicia Mogo raised that the movement is to ensure real solid waste organization and particularly maintain a strategic distance from materials like plastic waste and distinctive risky things from accomplishing our waters.

NIMASA as the Agency of government accountable for Marine Environment Management in its persevering mission to reposition the Nigerian ocean portion as per overall recommended strategies has made the move to associate with some energetic Nigerians as marine litter marshals who are required to ensure that the oceans are secured perfect and safe.

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