Ports Authority, (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, has commended the Nigerian Navy for taking the lead in producing the first navigational chart of
the Nigerian waters.
She has also called for greater synergy
among stakeholders with a view to working in unison towards making
available a holistic Nigerian Maritime Space Chart in the least possible time,
as she noted that about 80% of the Nations Territorial Waters were yet to be surveyed,
whilst 90% were yet to be charted going by recent data.
in the transport sector, during the occasion of the celebration of the 2019
World Hydrographic Day at Naval Dockyard in Lagos, the NPA Managing Director
observed that efficient management of the Maritime Environment calls for plausible
knowledge and professionalism in order to evolve critical strategies to secure and regulate activities in the sector for proper conservation and
sustainable use and exploitation of the resources therein.
“Hydrographic Information to Drive Marine Knowledge” was very appropriate for
the event and that without the basic information as provided by hydrography
details, it would be difficult, near impossibility to acquire necessary
knowledge for exploration and exploitation of the Maritime Environment as well
as providing effective Management tools for conservation and sustainable use of
efforts with the industry through information sharing on data especially and
joint survey efforts projects so as to leverage the Local Chart Production Capacity
already Developed by the Nigerian Navy’s Hydrographic Office (NNHO).
maritime information would be made available to government and maritime operators
in globally-accepted manner that would in
turn stimulate effective governance of the nation’s territorial waters and
sustainable use of maritime resources to
the benefit of the nation.
as an endeavor, specifically assisted the NPA Management in deepening our channels,
expansion of Marine Services to Ijegun Egba channel, which were critical for
the successful navigation and anchoring of the famous EGINA FPSO.
remedial dredging of escravos channel, frequent wreck removals along the
channels and the success story of the NPA’s recently unveiled simulation center
at dockyard amongst others.
biodiversity of the environment play important roles in the Maritime
Environment, as she said: “this is why
the United Nation (UN) sustainable development Goal 14, lays emphasis on the
conservation and sustainable use of the ocean, seas and Marine Resources. This
therefore places a demand on Littoral Nation to evolve measures for efficient management
of their marine environment.”
Vice Adm. Ibok Ekwe Ibas, who welcomed guest to the occasion, said the Nigerian
Navy was the first to produce navigational chart for the national waters, and
expressed hope that the launching of the chart would further give a boost to
the maritime sector.
and security within the Nigerian territorial waters, but also important for
information on sea and ocean management for national development.
blue economy and sustainable growth and harnessing of the vast ocean resources,
the chart that was unveiled would be of tremendous importance.