FG reiterates its commitment to enhancing safety and capacity development in the maritime industry – The Sun Nigeria

The federal government reiterated its commitment to work with relevant stakeholders to improve safety and capacity development in the marine industry.

The Minister of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Saraki made this known during the inauguration of the Joint Committee on Safety and Capacity Development for the Maritime Industry in Abuja.

Saraki, in a statement released Wednesday, said the collaboration would improve security and strategies for the advancement of the maritime industry in the country.

According to her, the aim of the collaboration is to bring together all stakeholders in the maritime sector to ensure capacity building and job creation.

“It aims to improve safety and strategies for the advancement of the maritime industry in line with global best practices.

“The industry’s potential, when fully utilized, will positively impact the lives of citizens and reduce youth unrest in the country,” she said.

Saraki, however, lamented the challenges of maritime piracy in the country, saying much was lost by member states due to the lack of harmonious working relations.

In a similar vein, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Department of Transport, Dr Magdalene Ajani, said the committee was created to provide a real platform to cross-fertilize ideas and identify challenges in the maritime industry. .

Ajani, represented by Director of Special Duties, Kafayat Salami, therefore urged members from various industry sectors to use their sectoral experiences to advise the government on ways to improve the sector.

“Nigeria has yet to maximize its potential in the maritime industry and that has to do with our failure to address critical challenges.

“The challenges are the underutilization of the ports in the East, the inefficient implementation of the cabotage regime and the insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, among others. “

She thanked the Minister of State for constituting a committee to reposition the Nigerian maritime industry for better performance and increased productivity.

Ajani said the committee would work to build an efficient maritime industry that would ensure sustainable socio-economic development.

The Chair of the House Committee on Maritime Education and Administration, Ms. Lynda Ikpeazu, reiterated the National Assembly’s support for the collaboration, as it aims to improve service delivery in the industry.

Speaking earlier, Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Board Chairman Oron, Retired Rear Admiral Jacob Ajani said the board would formulate policies and develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of the partnership with the ministry.

Ajani said the policies would also have a positive effect on the activities of the Maritime Academy and the Nigerian Navy.

Furthermore, the Rector, MAN Oron, Commodore Retired Duja Effedua, welcomed the initiative and expressed the academy’s willingness to engage in the collaboration.

Effedua also updated stakeholders on the upgrade of facilities and the certification of its courses by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chief of Naval Engineering, Rear Admiral Suleiman El-Ladan, Acting Director of Maritime Safety and Security, Adaji Asma’u, Director of PRS, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Alhaji Musa Talle, among others attended the meeting. (NOPE)