|Mrs. Margaret Orakwusi|
Trawler Owners Association (NITOA), condemned a number of illegalities
including poaching, working against the growth of the fishing sub-sector.
International Maritime Week, delivered a paper titled “African Blue Economy,
Innovation, Sustainability and Diversity.”
sub-sector, which already nets over $270 billion annually is being hounded down
by what she described as international conspiracy.
Western countries that make it almost impossible for Nigerian marine products
to access their market, the sector could have been generating more income,
considering the wealth of resources in the nation’s waters.
built a labouratory for carrying out required tests for standards to get Nigeria
out of a ban on exports of fish products.
Africa’s economies in the direction of adequate use of its ocean resources as a
pathway to growth and development for the maritime sub-sectors including fisheries,
tourism, offshore mining, maritime transport.
fisheries could guarantee huge job creation, food security, especially for
ensuring adequate protein intake for young children.
it was needful for Africa to quicken decisions on dispute resolution as well as
strengthen its maritime cooperative mechanism.
communication systems to achieve set goals, Orakwusi said : “The Africa Union
has launched its 2050 Integrated Maritime Strategy in a bid to provide a broad
framework for the protection and sustainable exploitation of Africa’s maritime
Zone of Africa the environment and fisheries, share information and boost
border protection and defence activities.”
framework to ensure orderliness in fishing operations as well serve as
instrument to properly manage conflict situations.