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NIMASA restates commitment to Blue Economy development through capacity building

…Charges Media On Investigative Journalism

 The Director
General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr.
Dakuku Peterside has reiterated that the Agency remains committed to growing
the ideals of the blue economy by bringing to the fore adequate knowledge of
the sector in line with the capacity building drive of the Agency.
Dr. Dakuku
who made this known during an interactive session with journalists in Lagos at
the weekend said that adequate knowledge of the sector would ensure fair and
professional reportage. 
He charged
the media to embrace investigative journalism in their method of reportage as
it will benefit the maritime industry and the nation at large.

The DG who was represented by the Executive Director, Finance and
Administration of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh also gave the assurance that the
Agency would continue to partner the media in various ways, including capacity
building; adding that they the fulcrum through which the activities of the
Agency can be made public, thereby attracting more participation in the sector.

“On our part as an Agency, we give priority to capacity building as it remains
the only way the industry can grow and the Media are not left out of this. We
are what we project to our stakeholders, both local and international; hence
the need for the media to embrace investigative journalism to make their
reportage factual and balanced,” he said. 

Speaking further, he stated that the Agency remains committed to the ideals of
actualising the Blue Economy, which deals with the totality of all economic
activity associated with the oceans, seas, harbours and coastal zones.
The concept
also includes; aquaculture, biomedicine, boats and shipbuilding, ship repairs,
defense and security, amongst others all geared towards wealth and job creation
for the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.

He also highlighted other steps the Agency is taking to ensure a robust
maritime sector to include the drafting of a dedicated anti-piracy bill, which
is before the National Assembly, to provide the requisite framework for the
fight, prosecution and punishment of piracy and other related crimes in Nigeria
and the Gulf of Guinea, expected to be passed to law soon. 
Also, the Agency has the approval for the
acquisition of intelligence gathering maritime domain awareness assets and
military response assets to fight pirates and make Nigeria’s maritime domain
safe for economic activities.
Also speaking during the event, the President of
the Shipping Correspondent of Nigeria (SCAN), Mr. Yusuf Babalola commended the
Management of NIMASA for its strides in transforming the maritime sector,
through various Stakeholder oriented policies.

While assuring the Agency of its readiness to partner it to ensure it actualize
its mandates, he applauded the Agency for its huge contributions to the
Consolidated Revenue Fund (CFR) of the Federal Government, its increase
awareness in the area of International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Facility
Code, which has led to more compliance by the various facility operators, the
berthing a modular floating dock amongst other strides.

It would be recalled that collaboration has remained the hallmark of the
present Management of NIMASA, which has helped the Agency achieve various
strides since the inception of the Dr. Dakuku Peterside led Management.
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