NIMASA to send IMO instruments for domestication.
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As Gbajabiamila pledges legislative support for blue sea economy
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has forwarded six International Maritime Organization (IMO) instruments on marine environment management to the presidency for ratification.
This is in a renewed bid to invigorate the protection and preservation of marine and ocean ecosystem, responsible for the conservation, exploration and exploitation of Nigeria's biodiversity.
The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside who disclosed this during the African Day of Seas and Oceans in Lagos said the marine ecosystem has huge present and future economic potentials that must be properly managed for its full benefits through conscious efforts and deliberate policies.
He added that NIMASA would continue to take steps to identify with the global maritime community adoption of newer measures designed to achieve sustainable marine economic growth.
This is even as the Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who delivered the keynote address at the event provided strong affirmative direction on the readiness of Nigeria to explore all purposeful options geared towards the protection and exploitation of the nation’s marine biodiversity.
While commending NIMASA and its leadership for meticulously steering the ship of state on the path of economic growth and competitiveness, wellbeing and environmental safety, the Hon. Speaker said:
"The National Assembly will continue to partner the agency and the executive arm of government in the bid to realize the full potentials inherent in our seas and oceans."
Represented by Hon. Linda Juba Igbiazor, the Speaker emphasized:
“Efficient management and sustainable exploitation of the marine resources in our seas and oceans no doubt provide a veritable tool for our Economic and Recovery Growth Plan as a country and gives expression to our sustainable development goals”, adding that,
“The National Assembly is committed towards our national quest for the sustainable use, conservation, exploitation and exploration of our seas and oceans to maximize our vast economic potentials.
"We will support the sustainable governance of Nigeria’s seas and oceans and the efforts of the executive arm of Government that would see to the effective domestication of relevant international conventions of the International Maritime Organisation on marine environment through legislative enactments.
“The National Assembly would also work with the executive arm in putting in place the necessary legal framework for the Blue Economy to engender and protect the Nigerian marine environment and development of the ocean economy," Gbajabiamila emphasized.
Speaking further, Dakuku explained the global community is looking more and more towards the seas and oceans for economic prosperity, noting that our marine economic potentials is huge enough to correct our presnt unemployment deficit, as well contribute substantially to increase our national gross domestic product, GDP.
To achieve this, the NIMASA boss iterated Nigeria must be willing to develop interest in the conservation, exploration and exploitation of it's marine biodiversity.
He stressed that NIMASA is committed to the formulation of policies that will drive and accelerate above economic developments and growth, while preserving the marine environment.
Dakuku therefore called on stakeholders to come onboard and join hands with government to tap into the nation’s seas and oceans wealth.
His words, “As a maritime safety administration, NIMASA is committed to focusing its attention on formulating policies that are in tandem with the development of our marine biodiversity towards enhancing Nigeria’s economic growth in line with government agenda for the diversification of the economy.
“It is pertinent to mention that NIMASA has concluded and forwarded to the executive arm of government six international maritime organization (IMO) instruments on marine environment management for ratification.
Dakuku said some of the instruments include the Hong Kong Convention for the Sale and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships 2009, International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel, Protocol Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties, Intervention 1973, and Protocol on Limitation of Liability for Marine Claims, LLMC, 1996."
The NIMASA helmsman added that the agency is “undertaking a review of all the marine environment management regulations made to the merchant Shipping Act 2007 in line with the corrective action from IMO Members State Audit Scheme, IMSAS”