By Godfrey Bivbere & Joshua Yousouph
abuja—Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and his counterpart in Foreign Affairs, Geofrey Onyema, have called on heads of foreign missions to support the country’s quest for election into the Category C of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO Council, the highest decision making body of the Organisation.
Speaking at the social gathering organized by the Ministries of Transportation and the Foreign Affairs in Abuja, for the Nigerian foreign missions, Onyema said as a key player in the global maritime industry, Nigeria had played active leadership roles in ensuring the development of the sector not only within the country but also in West and Central African sub region.
The Foreign Affairs Minister assured the global maritime community on Nigeria’s readiness to ensure optimum performance through checkmating piracy, marine pollution and reinvigoration of its ports and capacity building.
According to him, “I wish to inform you that we have enacted proactive policies that conform to global best practices in the maritime sector. More specifically through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, we have domesticated a number of IMO maritime safety conventions with a view to ensuring maritime safety and security not only in our domain but in the entire West and Central African Sub region.”
Amaechi on his part, said Nigeria had taken a leading role in African maritime business, noting that “the Regional Search and Rescue Coordination Centre, RMRCC, in Lagos, coordinates Search and Rescue (SAR) activities in Nigeria and African sub region.”