By Godwin Oritse
IN a bid to further position the Nigerian maritime industry on the path of growth, the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that Nigeria will continue to seek continued technical cooperation and support from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Speaking at the 120th Council meeting of the IMO in London, Peterside said that such technical cooperation will help build up knowledge and the necessary skills to position Nigeria as a maritime nation that operates in line with global best practices.
Dakuku stated: “The technical cooperation and support being sought from IMO is in line with NIMASA’s Medium Term Strategy plan, which is intended to help drive maritime growth in the country. The technical cooperation has become a necessity that deserves urgent attention due to the knowledge gaps, changing technology, new regulations that have come into force and experience from incidents around the world.”
The NIMASA boss also said that domestication and ratification of IMO legal instruments, environmental stewardship and safety issues were some of the areas of interest for the Nigeria government.
He added that the cooperation is not only for NIMASA, but for all other maritime regulators and stakeholders in the country since synergy is needed to make the country a leading maritime nation, which is the overarching goal.
Peterside also hinted that the IMO Secretariat has approved a number of technical cooperation to be implemented in Nigeria from September till next year, including sending some experts to work in the country.