NIMASA SETS UP 13-MAN COMMITTEE ON BLUE ECONOMY

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has constituted a 13-man implementation committee to work out the modalities for the implementation of Nigeria’s blue economy.

Constituting the committee members drawn from the Federal Ministry of Transportation, the law profession, the shipping community, as well as officials of the regulatory agency at the 2018 African Day of the Seas and Oceans(ADSO) celebration held in Lagos, tagged “Partnership Key To Sustainable Blue World.

ENGR. Greg Ogbeifun, who is also the chairman/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Starz Investment Company Limited, said the committee is charged with the sole responsibility of putting together all the position papers and theories gathered at such events and seeing that they are implemented.

 

According to Engr.Ogbeifun, “I am setting up this committee on behalf of NIMASA. What we are going to do is to bring in IT experts from NIMASA and we are also going to create a portal platform whereby they (the committee) will be passing every information within themselves because they are going to work online.”

The Chairman of the committee, Major Gen. Jonathan Garba (Rtd.) who is also the chairman of NIMASA’s Board of Directors is already living in Abuja and that where we have young lawyers practising. From there, they can run around so that it will not be too much on him.

 

The committee, Engr. Ogbeifun noted,is mandated to thoroughly look into the beautiful papers and theories presented at such events have to be Christianalised “Partnership Committee on The Implementation of Sustainability of Blue Economy”. The committee have to put things into an implementable form and then to a presentable strategy on behalf of NIMASA, and its stakeholders.

The chairman of the event informed, is already overwhelming based on the impact of the numerous partners already involved and that it is why they (NIMASA) organized the event today and gave it a theme: “Partnership Key To Sustainable Blue World”.

The committee members, he said are going to look into all resource papers, put them together and ensure its  implementation including all that we have done here today. And like somebody said most of us are aging generation, so we need the young people among us in the committee. We will come out with a cerebral ethics, so that we can see to a successful implementation of outcome of whatever that happened here today. That is why they (young people) are part of the committee.”

 

Engr. Ogbeifun also called for support and encouragement for the committee members so as to function well:

“It is very important if we will give them our support and encouragement. And of course, like the chairman of the committee has access to the high level government of the day. Whatever he came out with his committee and present it as coming out for the interest of the nation, he will get the ear of those that matters to the government to give NIMASA the support and encouragements that is needed.”

While inaugurating the committee which compromises stakeholders drawn from a representative of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, maritime stakeholders, the maritime lawyers, shipping experts as well as staff of NIMASA, Bar. Mike Igbokwe (SAN), said: “Congratulations once again. I want to say that by the power conferred on me (appropriated) by me, I have inaugurated this committee called  “Partnership Committee on the Implementation of Sustainability of Blue Economy in Nigeria.”

 

Declaring the event open, the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi told the distinguished participants that “the ten – year period, 2015-2025, declared as the African Decade of the Seas and Oceans, was a deliberate effort by AU to popularise the concept of the Blue Economy, and raise awareness on why  it has become necessary to celebrate the African Day of Seas and Ocean, both at national and continental level.”

The minister (Amaechi) further noted that the greatest advantage of the maritime resources is not unconnected to the sudden realization of the economic importance of seas and the oceans.

According to him, Shipping being the preferred transport mode of international trade, connects all nations to the international trade transport chain, which he said, further confers advantage to coastal States of which Nigeria is one.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside while giving his address earlier at the occasion, told the gathering that the event was for the celebration of an annual event as set aside by AU.

“We are here again this year to celebrate, a day set aside by the African Union Commission to create awareness among African states on the importance of the Seas and Oceans to the African economy and the need to rise against the growing threat to our Seas and Oceans ecosystem health as a result of poor waste management, particularly from land – based sources. The desire is for African countries to partner with each other and articulate strategies for effective utilization of the continent’s maritime resources for sustainable development.”

The DG said his agency, NIMASA as the nation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has considered it necessary to continue championing the awareness of Africans integration on African Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS – 2050) and the blue economy through the hosting of African Day of the Seas and Oceans annually.

Recalling Nigeria’s  leadership role in AAMA, Dr. Peter side said: “Our passion for Africa’s partnership inspires our leadership role in the Association of African Maritime Administration (AAMA) to continue to be innovative with ideas to pull African MARADs together for sustainable realization of the objectives of AIMS – 2050 towards a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa.”I

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