AAMA: African leaders laud Dakuku’s re-election
.Africans deserve better share of world maritime trade
By Francis Chidiebere & Udeme Clement
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has been re-elected the Chairman, Association of African Maritime Administration, AAMA, for another term.
Dakuku who is the incumbent Chairman of the Association was unanimously re-elected to continue by member states, at the 4th conference of the continental body in Egypt.
According to the Chief Operating Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the South African Maritime Safety Authority, SAMSA, Mr. Sobantu Tilayi, the leadership style of Dakuku brought better relationship among leaders of maritime administrations in the continent. He added that there is no better way to sustain the tempo than to re-elect Dr. Dakuku to continue as AAMA Chairman.
He said, “Under Dr. Dakuku’s leadership, we witnessed unprecedented level of cooperation among African nations, especially as it concerns maritime. African regions are now willing to collaborate to grow the sector and to address the security challenges bedeviling the continent’s maritime industry. So there is no better way than to re-elect our Chairman to continue”.
In the same vein, the Director General, Ghana maritime Administration, Mr. Kwame Owusu said that AAMA under the leadership of Dr. Dakuku Peterside promoted collaborations among African nations, in order to tackle the issues hindering development of maritime in the continent.
According to him, “Nigerians are blessed to have Dr. Dakuku Peterside as the head of its maritime administration, because AAMA has witnessed his leadership style. More than ever, Africans are willing to collaborate to tackle issues of piracy and other maritime crimes. I am sure after his second tenure we will push for him to have another term”
Speaking shortly after his re-election, Dr Dakuku said that there was the need for African nations to cooperate, in order to reap the benefits of the African maritime sector.
He noted that the volume of cargo generated from Africa and those coming to Africa must be commensurate with the developments of the continent’s maritime industry.
Commenting further he said, policies such as the African Integrated Maritime Strategy, AIMS, the Lome Charter and other strategies that have been developed to proffer solutions to the challenges that the African maritime sector face must be collaboratively implemented by African Nations.
To him, Africa must remain a bloc at international level when maritime decisions are being taken, especially at the International Maritime Organisation, IMO.