Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside on Tuesday urged Nigerians particularly the media to synergize in the task of promoting the ‘blue’ economy, stressing that the seas have more than enough wealth to overcome the challenges of a growing nation like Nigeria.
Dakuku stated this at a one-day seminar for Maritime media Stakeholders, which held at the Orchids Hotel, Lekki, Lagos, pointing out that if the blue economy succeeds, youth restiveness and other social malaise would be a thing of the past.
The blue economy has to do with the structured policy of identifying a nation’s endowments in the seas, harnessing and exploiting it with legitimate institutional framework.
He grieved the insufficient investments so far sunk in the maritime/ shipping sector of the country, noting that it was because of the inadequacy of investments in the sector that the returns and contribution from the sector had also been abysmally low.
He insisted that God has endowed the country with more wealth in the seas than on land; and urged the media to beat the current limitations of mere sideline -reportage, by developing a more intense commitment to the growth of the industry.
He noted the lack of enabling framework, investments and requisite knowledge which he said had handicapped the speedy development of the industry and pledged his support to all stakeholders, including the media, especially in the areas of capacity development, assuring that all legitimate means will be adopted to promote the blue economy, as well as all who would be involved in the battle of ensuring the successful entrenchment of the blue economy.
“In the area of knowledge, there is no office where the blue economy is particularly domiciled”, the Director General explained, pointing out that efforts were however already in the pipeline towards evolving policies that would drive the blue economy.