Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has encouraged Nigerians to team up with the agency to ensure a masculine maritime industry as the activities of the agency impact on the lives of all the Nigerians. This is understood as each product used by Nigerians comes through the Sea and NIMASA is the government body responsible for making sure that there is a smooth and secured sea transportation, without negative impact on the environment.
Dr Peterside made this statement during a breakfast meeting with media stakeholders, which was held in Lagos, Nigeria. According to him, the essence of the Agency’s continuous interaction with the media was in recognition of the role that they are playing in terms of distributing information and public education. He discussed professionalism as a key to produce enough and correct information on issues to advance reliable coverage to stimulate trust and hope in the public.
He said that a lot of Nigerians have various misconceptions about NIMASA and its activities, that is why they need media synergy. We are regulating the maritime sector on behalf of Nigerians with the backing of the Federal Government to ensure that we advance our maritime sector. NIMASA is charged with the responsibility of regulating shipping activities and the promotion of indigenous shipping in Nigeria. 90% of world trade is by sea and 65% of vessels heading to Africa visit Nigeria. By this we have the responsibility of ensuring safe and secure transportation of goods and services to Nigeria” he added.
President Muhammadu Buhari through the Honorable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi mandated the present management to reposition, restructure and reform the maritime sector. They have taken strategic steps to make sure that the order is done in accordance with the Administration’s change Agenda. He also noted that the steps undergone are giving results and this is obvious in the reduction of piracy and other sea-related crimes in the Nigerian territorial waters.
Dr. Peterside also added that the Agency is in the process of rebranding and that the President will unveil the new brand on the 20th of April 2017. This would take place with the meeting of the Association of Africa Heads of Maritime Administrators to be hosted by the Agency together with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in Abuja from the 19th to the 21st of April 2017. He also added that with the event hosting, Nigeria is bound to be a leading voice in the comity of Maritime Nations especially as the country seeks election into the category C of the IMO Council seat in November 2017.