Minister of Marine-Blue Economy, Oyetola to address IMO General Assembly, arrives London

The Minister and his team :

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Minister of Marine- Blue Economy,
Oyetola to address IMO General Assembly, arrives London

The Minister and his team :

Nigeria’s Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has arrived in London, the United Kingdom, where he will lead the country’s delegation to the 33rd session of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) General Assembly.

The programme, which will take place in London is slated for November 27th to December 6th, 2023.

The Minister’s spokesman, Mr. Ismail Omipidan disclosed this to the media.

According to him, other members of the delegation expected to attend the session are the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Director, Marine Safety and Security, Babatunde Bombata, the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh.

The IMO has chosen the theme; “MARPOL at 50 – Our commitment goes on” for the 2023 event, to reflect the organisation’s long history of protecting the environment from impact of shipping via a robust regulatory framework that emphasizes its ongoing commitment to the important work.

The IMO General Assembly is the highest governing body of all member states in the maritime domain, responsible for approving the work programmes and budget, determining financial arrangements and electing the IMO Council.

Omipidan said ; “The Assembly convenes every two years. This year’s session provides a platform for Mr. Oyetola to deliver Nigeria’s message to the Assembly and actively participate in shaping maritime policies at the global level.”

According to IMO, the meeting will be opened by the outgoing President, Mr. Antonio Manuel Lagdameo, the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations.
The Assembly will be addressed by the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation, Mr. Kitack Lim while the global maritime body will also elect a President, two Vice-Presidents, Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Assembly Committees.

It is envisaged that three Committees will be established while it will host the IMO Awards Ceremony on the first day of the Assembly November 27th.

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