Maritime Transport Plays Vital Role In Nation’s Development- Saraki

Ms Gbemisola saraki, Minister of State for Transportation

By Chukwunyere Sandra

Maritime transportation has been said to be playing a significant and an indispensable role in the development countries of the world.
It has also been said that maritime transport is the backbone of the global trade and global economy
This was stated by the Hon. Minister of State for Transportion, Ms Gbemisola Saraki on Wednesday at the maiden edition of the Lagos International Shipping Expo by Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN) held in Lagos
Ms Saraki who was represented at the event by Hajia Bola Muse said  that the place of shipping in global economic development and development of any nation cannot be over emphasized.
While trying to refer to the words of former UN’s Secretary-General, Bamki Moon, she said: “Everybody in the world benefits from shipping, yet few people realize it. We ship food, technology, medicines, and memories. As the world’s population continues to grow, particularly in developing countries, low-cost and efficient maritime transport has an essential role to play in the growth and sustainable development. Shipping helps to ensure that the benefits of trade and commerce are more evenly spread. No country is entirety self-sufficient, and every country relies on maritime trade to sell what it has and buy what it needs. Much of what we use and consume in our everyday lives either has been or will be transported by sea, in the form of raw materials, components or finished articles. Maritime transport is the backbone of global trade and the global economy

She said ,jobs and livelihoods if billions of people in the developing world, depend and standards of living in the industrialized and developed world, depend on ships and shipping. According to her, the shipping industry has played an important part in the dramatic improvement in global living standards that have taken of millions of people out of acute poverty in recent years. It would be just as critical for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the plan agreed by all global leaders last year for people, peace, planet prosperity and partnership.
The minister of state equally stated that yet vast majority of people are unaware of the key role played by shipping industry, which is largely hidden from view.
To her, “This is a story that needs to be told. And that is why the theme for the World Maritime Day 2016 is “Shipping: Indispensable to the World”. The theme focuses on the critical link between shipping and the everyday lives of people all over the planet. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) plays a vital role as the international regulatory body for an industry that spans the globe.The importance of shipping and sustaining today’s global society makes it indispensable to the world and to meeting the challenge of of the 2030  Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Looking at the country (Nigeria) and its shipping activities, Ms Saraki observed that most of the works we do shipping trade in Nigeria focuses on selected and diverse aspect of maritime practice in as it affect the growth. We have such central theme relating to the roles of the National Maritime Authority (NMA), now the Nigerian Maritime Administration Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the effectiveness of of shipping policy Decree 10 of 1987, the function if Nigerian Ports (NPA), problems and prospect of the shipping industry in Nigeria among others. No previous work has actually gone extra mile of attempting to bridge the yawning gap among the maritime regulatory agencies in Nigeria such as the NPA, NIMASA, among others to the effect of making them a functional. Whole capable of evaluating shipping trade in Nigeria to international standards. Nigeria possess the geopolitical and demographic potentials to compete favourably with other nations of the world.

Hajia Bola Muse, President Women in Maritime Africa.

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