NIMASA seeks national policy to actualise maritime strategy
The Director General, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, who stated this while declaring open the meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Implementation of Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS) 2050, held in Lagos, noted that a maritime policy for Nigeria would provide a platform to implement the framework for the protection and sustainable exploitation of Africa’s Maritime Domain (AMD).
Peterside, who was represented by the Executive Director, Operations, Rotimi Fashakin, urged the committee to take cognizance of the current maritime security architecture in Nigeria that has been structured in line with international best standards and practices.
He also stated that in order to realize the dream of a blue economy, strategies must be put in place, and that security and capacity building amongst other initiatives is key area to unlocking the opportunities that abound in the blue economy.
Peterside assured Nigerians to expect the actualization of this dream which is to ensure the Gulf of Guinea are the safest and also by actualizing the true economy dream by helping every aspect of maritime to stand up in tourism where cargos are coming in freely as well as less charges base on security and insurance.
He said: “When you talk about the security issues, you talk about the actual and the perceived; and in the real sense of business, perception matters a lot. The Gulf of Guinea (GoG) is being perceived as not being quite safe because of few attempts we have in the GoG, but I can assure you that the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA are working hand in hand to secure the Gulf of Guinea”.
The NIMASA DG also used the opportunity to applaud the Committee for involving Ship owners in the AIMS 2050 implementation process, noting that the blue economy cannot be realized without them as they are the major assets owners.
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