By Gbenga Oke
DIRECTOR-GENERAL of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has called for the implementation of a National Maritime Policy in Nigeria.
He also said implementing the policy will serve as a catalyst for the actualisation of the objectives of Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy, AIMS, come 2050.
In a statement by Isichei Osamgbi, Head, Corporate Communications of NIMASA, Peterside while declaring open the meeting of Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Implementation of Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy, AIMS 2050, held in Lagos, said that a maritime policy for Nigeria will provide a platform for the implementation of the framework for the protection and sustainable exploitation of Africa’s Maritime Domain, AMD.
Peterside who was represented at the meeting by the Agency’s Executive Director, Operations, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin urged the committee to take cognisance of the current maritime security architecture in Nigeria that had been structured in line with international best standards and practices.
According to him, “To realise the dream of a blue economy, strategies must be put in place while security and capacity building amongst other initiatives must play a key role to unlocking the opportunities that abound in the blue economy.
“When you talk about 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 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,” he stated.
He also applauded the Committee for involving Shipowners in the AIMS 2050 implementation process, noting that the blue economy cannot be realised without them as they are the major assets owners.