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IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim arrives in Nigeria for Nigeria International Maritime Summit

The Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), His Excellency Kitack Lim, is scheduled to visit the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 20th – 22nd 2022.

A statement on Thursday by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA) said that during his visit, the Secretary General would attend the Nigeria International Maritime Summit (NIMS)2022, where regional policies and operational perspectives to Decarbonization and Green House Gas Emissions in shipping would be the focus.

CEO Nigeria International Maritime Summit (NIMS), Dr Emeka Akabogu


The Federal Ministry of Transportation and its Agencies in collaboration with the organized maritime private sector under the auspices of Nigeria International Maritime Summit, are hosting the event.

The Honorable Minister of Transportation Engineer Mu’azu Sambo has expressed the Federal Government’s commitment to ensuring Nigeria becomes a major destination for global maritime players.

On his part, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR, said the visit by Kitack Lim, which is the first by an IMO Secretary General to Nigeria in over fifteen years, is a testament to the renewed confidence of the international maritime community in Nigeria.

“We are glad that after fifteen years, an IMO Secretary General will be visiting Nigeria. Our desire is to continue in this stead until we attain a status of not just the hub of maritime activities in the region, but a major player in the global scene,” he said.

The CEO of NIMS, Dr. Emeka Akabogu, noted that the summit would provide a platform for practical issues in operations; and regulations impacting Decarbonization in Shipping in the West and Central Africa region would be highlighted as a catalyst for igniting the Blue economy in the said region.

NLNG Ship Management Limited (NSML) is among the industry stakeholders partnering the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA in the Deep Blue Project operational engagement session scheduled as part of the activities of the IMO Secretary General’s visit to Nigeria.

Kitack Lim is also expected to have a first-hand experience of some operational activities of NIMASA, which is the focal Agency of Nigeria liaising with the IMO under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transportation.

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