- As U.S delivers 6 coastal patrol boats to Vietnam coast guard
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside has identified transport and logistics as the two major enablers of economic development, and which neglect may continue to keep a country in doldrum.
The Director-General indicated this on Monday, in Port Harcourt during his inauguration as Chairman, Governing Board, Centre for Logistics and Transport Studies (CELTRAS) of University Of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).
“If there is one enabler for economic development, it is transport and logistics because we are in a world where demand and supply that are in different locations need to meet.
“So, transport and logistics is the link between where raw materials and finished goods are produced to where they are in demand,” he said, stressing that raw materials would have little value without transport and logistics to take them to where they were needed.
He therefore advised that anyone embarking on research in the area of transport and logistics would be immensely contributing to the development of the society.
“I’m assuring us that the new board will not disappoint in contributing to bridge the gap between knowledge and what is needed in the society in the area of transport and logistics.
“We will serve as a critical link between what the industry need and what the centre can provide. We will play our own role by sharing experiences with those working at the centre,” he added.
The new board chairman said that they would try to shape the policy background of the centre and also do whatever they could to attract funding to the centre.
He stated that there was no knowledge-based research centre that could perform optimally without proper funding.
“The centre is positioned to play a catalytic role in what is expected the society today,” he said, pledging that the new board would be alive to its responsibility by ensuring that they make impact that would move the centre to the next level.
Earlier, Prof. Ndowa Lale, Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT, said that he had confidence in the members.
Lale said that the institution was ready to provide the needed assistance to drive the vision of the centre because transport and logistics were critical to the economy.
He stated that no economy could survive without a well organised transport and logistics sector.
Dr Gladys Emenike, Acting Director of CELTRAS and member of the board, said that the centre was one of the foremost institutions of supply chain management, logistics and transport management in Nigeria.
Emenike stated that the relevance of the programme was in its ability to combine logistics requirements and transport demands, to critical specialisations that pivots any thriving economy.
She said that CELTRAS offered the desire to improve on the general absence of proper planning, coordination and efficient management of logistics and transport activities of the economy.
Members of the board are, Dr Ibrahim Jibril, Mrs Lizzy Ovbade, Prof. Henry Alapiki, Prof Anthonia Okeregwo, Dr Austine Odili and Prof Kinikanwo Anele.
Others are, representatives of both Federal and Rivers Ministries of Transport, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Shippers Council and Nigeria Institute of Transport Technology (NITT).
In the meantime, the United States has delivered six coastal patrol boats to Vietnam’s coast guard in a move that expands the two nation’s security cooperation amid tension in the disputed South China Sea.
The six 45-foot Metal Shark patrol boats were officially handed over by U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius to the coast guard Monday in the central province of Quang Nam.
The embassy said in a statement Tuesday that the handover represented deepening cooperation in maritime law enforcement and humanitarian assistance in Vietnam’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.
“Vietnam’s future prosperity depends upon a stable and peaceful maritime environment,” Osius was quoted in the statement as saying at the handover ceremony. “The United States and the rest of the international community also benefit from regional stability, which is why we are here today, and it is why we are very pleased to be working together with the Vietnam Coast Guard.”
These patrols boats will assist the coast guard in intercostal patrols and law enforcement in smuggling, illicit trafficking, piracy and armed robbery against ships, and illegal fishing, it said.
Vietnam and China along with four others including the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan claim all or parts of the Spratly islands in the South China Sea believed to sit on rich natural resources and occupies one of the world’s busiest sea lanes.
China, which claims most of the South China Sea, has recently built artificial islands on reefs and shoals around the Spratlys and installed military facilities on these islands. The move has irritated countries in the region as well as the United States which champions freedom of navigation and overflight in the area.
Vietnam and the United States have seen increased cooperation in security and defense in addition to business and investment ties since they restored diplomatic ties more than 20 years ago.
Additional report from Abc