Representative (APR) to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Captain Ibrahim
Olugbade has been elected Chairman, Governing Bodies of the IMO London
Convention and Protocol.
seat on Thursday 6th November, 2014 during the meeting of the governing bodies
at the IMO headquarters in London.
Master Mariner and member of the International Federation of Shipmasters
Association (IFSMA), London and a fellow of both the Nautical Institute of
Technology and Institute of Shipping Technology Nigeria.
academic qualifications from the Australian Maritime College; the Arab
Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport, Egypt; Rivers State
University of Science and Technology; and the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron.
Convention is to control all sources of marine pollution and prevent
pollution of the sea through regulation of dumping into the sea of waste
materials. The purpose of the Protocol is similar to that of the Convention,
but the Protocol is more restrictive: application of a “precautionary
approach” is included as a general obligation; a “reverse
list” approach is adopted, which implies that all dumping is prohibited
unless explicitly permitted; incineration of wastes at sea is prohibited;
export of wastes for the purpose of dumping or incineration at sea is
prohibited. Extended compliance procedures and technical assistance provisions
have been included, while a so-called transitional period allows new
Contracting Parties to phase in compliance with the Protocol over a period of
five years, provided certain conditions are met.
Protocol to take effective measures to prevent pollution of the marine
environment caused by dumping at sea.
in the Marine Environment Management department of the Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) was also appointed Chairman of the
Compliance Group under the London Convention and Protocol.
appointments are seen as a boost for Nigeria’s standing and respectability in
the comity of maritime nations.
High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Senator Dalhatu Tafida was elected
first Vice President of the 28th IMO Assembly in London in November 2013.