World Marks World Oceans Day
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stated that the nation’s ocean’s resources
are rich enough to sustain the economy of Nigeria as most countries with
maritime based economy.
who spoke on June 8th to commemorate the Word Ocean day also charged
stakeholders on the need to celebrate the ocean, its importance in the lives of
our nation, and on how economic diversification can be achieved for sustainable
growth and development.
NIMASA DG noted that, like the cyber world which has reduced the real world to
a global village, the ocean is global and connects people worldwide, thus
inspiring continuing action year-round to protect and restore this amazing
resource that we all depend on.
most great maritime nations, he pointed out that the “time has come
for all hands to be on deck and support the Federal Government’s efforts in
taping into the blue economy and develop it to such a level that it can
contribute far more greatly as projected”.
further observed that nations like Singapore, Philippines and Malta along with
the world great economies like the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Russia
and China amongst others strive greatly on their oceans as the bedrock of their
economy, and with about 90 percent of world trade being done by sea and
shipping, it is time Nigeria begins to join the league of such great countries
by engaging its waters more profitably.
that recognizes that there is one global ocean that connects the entire world.
Within this one ocean, there are five distinct oceans: the Pacific Ocean,
Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, and Southern Ocean.
already happening that the boundaries of these oceans are invincible and so it
is important that we take steps to ensure that we tap the abundant resources
inherent within our maritime endowment because our lives as a nation depends
hugely on it”, the DG said.
stating that the issue of climate change and marine environment degradation is
of concern to the nation and international community, he assured that NIMASA on
its part will continue to lend its voice in support of the advocacy and drive,
which will further guarantee and compliment government’s ease of doing business
Peterside reiterated that the Agency is open to all forms of partnerships that
can help the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime sector, in line
with the economic diversification agenda of government.
Oceans Day takes place on June 8 every year. The concept was originally
proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD)
and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on
Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
World Oceans Day in 1992, the objectives were to move the oceans from the
side-lines to the center of the inter-governmental and NGO discussions and
policy and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies
2002, there has been a concerted effort to promote World Oceans Day as a unique
opportunity to celebrate the ocean, our connections, and make a real difference