Maritime sector has capacity to catalyse economic growth – Dakuku
.Bags Award of Excellent Leadership in Public Service
By Udeme Clement & Silas Onuoha
“The maritime sector has the capacity to catalyse economic growth”.
These were the words of the Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency ,NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, when the City People Media Group bestowed the ‘Award of Excellent Leadership in Public Service’, on him, at its 21s t award ceremony, noted that the award is an indication that the efforts of the Agency in actualising its mandates of repositioning the sector has not gone unnoticed.
He stressed, “The Agency will not rest on its oars until it realises its dream of building a robust maritime sector that will substantially contribute to the Gross Domestic Product ,GDP, of the nation’s economy. This award means a whole lot because it shows that Nigerians acknowledge the efforts that we are making to ensure a cleaner ocean for safe and secure shipping. Also, this will spur us to keep doing our best, so as to have a robust maritime sector capable of impacting the growth and development of the economy”.
Speaking further, he disclosed, “The Agency for the first time has been able to put over 250 cadets on board ocean going vessel to do sea time training, making our graduates employable. We have also been able to make substantial contributions to the Consolidated Revenue Fund ,CRF, even as a regulatory Agency. NIMASA also went a step further to release the maritime industry forecast, which will serve as a compass to investors for the year 2018 and 2019. Today, the whole country appreciates the fact that we are making a difference In the Maritime space, we are not only contributing to the economic development of the country, we are not only creating employment for our people, we are giving people opportunities they will remember for a life time”.
Dr. Dakuku also expressed gratitude to stakeholders in the industry for their continuous collaboration and support to the Agency, which has helped the Agency to achieve this feat. He called on them for more support and assured them of better days ahead. He applauded the leadership role of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi .
Other recipients of the Award include the Minister of Transportation, Amaechi, Senator Shehu Sani, The Oloni of Eti-Oni, Osun State and Oba Dokun Thompson among others.