NIMA to tackle marine environmental challenges
Organisers of the Nigerian Maritime Ambassadors (NIMA) reality television show have said it would tackle issues of marine pollution and other environmental challenges bedevilling the nation’s maritime sector.
Speaking during the unveiling of the maiden project, the Chief Executive Officer of Platforms Communications Concept, Sylvanus Obasi, said the reality show, which would hold yearly, is for talent hunt and discovery, aimed at raising creative youngsters who are passionate about innovating practical solutions to maritime issues and challenges in Nigeria.
According to him, the winner will partner with relevant maritime government agencies and organisations such as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), among others to execute a pet project called Cleaner Ocean Campaign (COC).
He said the project would focus on regular cleaning of seas, oceans, jetties, and beaches and tackle other marine environmental challenges, while also creating awareness in riverine communities on the dangers of marine pollution and marine litter.
The brand manager said the first and second runners-up will team up to undertake a project designed to champion the Green Port Concept (GPC) aimed at promoting an eco-friendly ports environment through campaigns for the reduction of noise, emissions and use of fossil fuels in ports and terminals.
He added that they will also create awareness to encourage the planting of trees within ports and terminals, which guarantees a sustainable eco-friendly maritime work environment.
The brand manager revealed that N10 million worth of prizes will be won, comprising a car, cash prizes, endorsement deals, sponsored luxury vacation and others, including other consolation prizes for winners in award categories.
On who is eligible to contest, Obasi said the show is open to young men and women who are between the ages of 18 to 40, adding that contestants must be citizens of Nigeria with a minimum education qualification of ‘O’ Level (Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination).
He, however, called for sponsorship and collaborations from government agencies, private organisations, businesses and good-spirited individuals to partner with the brand in achieving its objectives.