Ship owners back Peterside to lead African maritime revival
Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), has given its support to the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, to lead African maritime sector revival. This will be for the economic benefit of the continent, following his recent election as the Chairman, of the Association of Heads of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA).
In a congratulatory message, the SOAN President, Greg Ogbeifun, said Peterside’s election to lead African Maritime Administrators did not come as a surprise, noting that since he assumed office, he has shown dexterity in ensuring a virile Nigerian maritime sector that can compete favourably in the comity of nations.
The letter read in part: “Your election did not come to us as a surprise, but a proof of your worth in the business of rejuvenating the maritime sector for optimum growth and prosperity of the Nigerian economy, anchored on efficient and profitable management of men and other resources.”
While also urging Dakuku to bring his wealth of experience to bear in leading AAMA, the association pledged their continued support to the developmental initiative of NIMASA towards repositioning the maritime sector for greater efficiency and performance.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had also lauded NIMASA’s encouraging performance in the fight against sea piracy through inter agency cooperation.
The President had also described the election of Dakuku as the chairman of the continental body as a confirmation that the ountry chad the human capital required to make Nigeria a leading maritime nation.
He added that Dakuku’s election also places Nigeria in a pivotal position to rally other maritime administrations in collaboration with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) towards safer global maritime activities.