Nigeria on Wednesday, July 25, joined other African countries to celebrate the African Day of the Seas and Oceans (ADSO) 2018.
The event themed “Partnership Key To Sustainable Blue World“, took place at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city and was hosted by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.
Nigeria’s integrated online media platform, ALEDEH reports that the African Union Commission had declared July 25 as the African Day of The Seas and Oceans to draw attention for sustainable management of the seas and oceans, in view of that, NIMASA celebrated the day on Wednesday.
The celebration was held in the form of panel discussions led by keynote speakers, Mrs Margaret Orakwusi, Dr Chris Asoluka and Professor Babajide Alo.
Discussions centered on key areas of maritime of particular concern to Africa including on National Maritime Strategy and National Maritime Transport Policy Framework; Developing Blue Economy as a Critical Economic Objective; and Understanding Regulatory Instruments for Effective Marine Environment Management Land – Based Waste and Developing a Road Map for Building Sustainable Interest and Passion for the Maritime Sector in Young People.
The event was attended by the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, Chairman, NIMASA Board of Directors, Maj. Gen. Jonathan Garba (rtd.), Executive Director Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Joseph Fashakin, NIMASA Director of Special Duties, Hajia Lami Tumaka, ship owners, industry stakeholders and a host of others.
Addressing journalists at the event, NIMSA DG noted that the agency is addressing the issue of maritime security using the popular NIMASA total spectrum maritime strategy.
“We are addressing the issue of maritime security using the popular NIMASA total spectrum maritime strategy. We are looking at that and of course you know we have gotten approval to acquire a number of assets, we are investing in intelligence, we are looking at the laws, we are reforming the laws, we are also looking at enacting new laws to address the issue of maritime insecurity”, Peterside added.
On his part, Maj. Gen. Garba noted that the people must look at how they can forge an “economically viable, environmentally sound and socially responsible vision for the use of the seas and the oceans’ natural resources without compromising those of the future generations”.
He furthered that it is “important to realize that the world is getting more and more complicated, healthy seas and oceans are essential for humankind as a source for global food security and engine for economic growth”, adding that “oceans are also home to rich, fragile, and largely unexplored biodiversity, which provides a variety of important ecosystem services”.
Meanwhile, a committee on the implementation of a sustainable blue economy in Nigeria headed by Engr. Grey Utomwem Ogbeifun was set up to ensure that what was discussed at the event will be implemented.