NIMASA DG: IMO cooperation vital for economic growth
.Says continuous collaboration hallmark of maritime development
By Udeme Clement & Chisom Michael
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that Nigeria will continue to seek technical cooperation and support from International Maritime Organisation, IMO, in order to build sustainable capacity, to be a globally competitive maritime nation.
He made this assertion in an interview granted at the on-going 120th Council meeting of the IMO in London, stressed that technical cooperation would help in building necessary skills, to position Nigeria as a maritime nation that operates in line with global best practice.
He explained, “The technical cooperation and support being sought from the IMO is in line with NIMASA’s Medium Term Strategic 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”.
Speaking further, he said that the Agency’s area of interest for seeking technical cooperation includes; domestication and ratification of IMO legal instruments, environmental stewardship and safety issues.
He added, ”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”.
Dr. Peterside further disclosed, “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. We have expressed the willingness and determination of the Agency in this aspect, to ensure that Nigeria is given its rightful place in the comity of maritime nations”.
The Council is the executive organ of IMO and responsible under the Assembly, for supervising the work of the organisation amongst other responsibilities.
It could be recalled that Dr. Peterside led management of NIMASA has made continuous collaboration a hallmark, which has seen to the feats achieved in the Nigeria maritime sector since the inception of this administration.