The President, Muhammadu Buhari has charged leaders of African Maritime Administration to increase collaboration and develop the continent’s human and institutional capacities, needed to appropriately respond to current challenges facing the Maritime sector.
The President who was represented by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo made the observation in Abuja, while unveiling the new logo of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) at the ongoing 3rd Conference of the Association of Heads of African Maritime Administration (AAMA), ending today.
Stakeholders from 34 African countries, as well as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and other notable global maritime bodies are in attendance.
President Buhari also described the rebranding of NIMASA as part of the Federal Government’s effort to enhance economic diversification and repositioning of the maritime sector as the country’s highest revenue earner in the very near future, subsequently assuring that Government will not relent in its quest to make the Nigerian Maritime sector a role model on the African continent.
While commending the Management of NIMASA for the strings of achievements, the President pledged to support every effort of the agency towards improving the status and relevance of the nation’s Maritime sector.
“We are reforming NIMASA so that it can play its expected role as a facilitator of economic prosperity. We are paying significant attention to making it easier to do business and one of our immediate priorities in this regard, is the entry and exit of goods especially in our sea ports. The measures that we are putting in place are designed to improve the efficiency of our ports and to enable quick turnaround time of vessels. Technology is also being deployed to make our port operations more transparent and effective in support of economic growth”, the President said, expressing the hope that the new logo would motivate the agency and its management to redouble their commitment and vigour in lifting the sector to new heights.
“For any one following the development of the African maritime sector, there can be no question that more than ever before, our countries are beginning to accord the sector the importance that it deserves”, the President concluded.