By Sandra Chukwunyere
|The Federal Government has called on those who operate within |
the nation’s waterways to adopt the highest environmental
standards for the sustenance of the aquatic ecosystem.
The Director General, Nigeria Maritme Administration and Safety
Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made the call while
addressing a conference of maritime stakeholders in Lagos Dr.
Peterside who stated that NIMASA had realized the importance of keying into the Blue Economy , stressed that the Federal Government remained strongly committed towards meeting the goal fourteen of the sustainable Development Goals, which recommends the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean , seas and Maritime resources, adding that to achieve the objective, the operators must play by the
rule.Dr. Peterside who was represented by the Head, Marine Environment Department of NIMASA Dr. Felicia Mogo noted that Ocean
resources had already been overstretched and called for
sustainable use.While advising youths to take advantage of the immense opportunities in the Maritime industry to get themselves gainfully employed, the NIMASA DG said, the country had more resources in the ocean than the surface, but must be well utilized to last longer.
Presenting the major paper, a technocrat in the maritime industry,
Dr. Bashir Jamoh said, if properly developed, the maritime industry could sustain the country’s economy. Dr. Jamoh whose paper was
entitled” The Youth and Nigeria Maritime potentials: developing competencies and opportunities”, explained that with the inland water ways stretching over 8 thousand kilometers, the Maritime industry has the potential to generate 9 trillion naira annually why creating 40 million jobs.He assured students of maritime not to be discouraged by the fall in oil price at the international market, adding that with or without oil , the industry would remain lucrative , with diverse
According to Jamoh, some of the opportunities in maritime, include
cargo movement, providing trade and commerce , tourism,
industrialization and sea foods.Dr. Jamoh who is the Executive
Director Finance and Administration at NIMASA, acknowledged the vision of the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari in
transforming the economy into non oil based, saying that with the
huge prospect in Maritime , the country’s economy would be unbeatable.
In remark, the Managing Director Nigeria Inland WaterWays Authority, Senator Olorunimbe Mamora, represented by Mr. Stanley
Onuoha said that provision of infrastructure and functional administrative system were key to repositioning the maritime industry.He however, regretted that water related businesses had been on steady decline as evidenced in lack of access roads to the ports, non maintenance of existing infrastructure and inadequate financing.
In a welcome
address, the CEO Platform Communications , Mr. Sylvanus Obasi, noted that the conference tagged, “a day with Nigeria Maritime students” was crucial as it examined the place of youths in the enormous potential in the Nigeria maritime industry and also educate seafarers of the immense opportunities for them.