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World Oceans Day: NIMASA calls for Preservation of marine environment

 

The Lagos Lagoon polluted with plastic bottles


The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called on Nigerians especially
those living in the coastal regions to protect the marine environment as it is
critical to human existence.

Peterside who said this in commemoration of the World Ocean Day
observed that this year’s theme “Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet” which
emphasises the creation of awareness on the harmful effects of plastics to
water bodies is very germane given the wanton deposition of plastics and
plastic materials into the water.
He called on well-meaning Nigerians to champion the campaign for
the protection of the marine environment which he said has a lot of positive
socio-economic impact on human life.
“We join the rest of the world in the efforts to promote the
conservation and protection of marine biodiversity and the cultural heritage of
the ocean” the DG said.
He further said “the marine environment that covers about 70 per cent of
the earth’s surface is essential for food security, health and survival of life
and is a critical part of the biosphere.
“The official designation of World Ocean Day therefore is an
opportunity for us to raise awareness on the current global challenges to the
ocean.”
Peterside therefore called on Nigerians to help save the ocean by
ensuring that waterways are free of debris and every kind of pollution that
poses dangers to the sea and its inhabitants.
The management and protection of Nigeria’s marine environment from
activities inimical to its eco balance is one of the key functions of NIMASA
which mandate is executed through several international conventions and
protocols as ratified by the Federal Government.
Nigeria’s commitment to full enforcement of the MARPOL ‘73/’78
Convention, London Convention ‘72 and the London Protocol ‘96 as well as BALLAST WATER 2004 is unwavering.
The World Ocean Day celebrated on the 8th of June every year seeks to create awareness for the protection
and conservation of the marine environment from litters and other harmful
practices.

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