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National Maritime Transport Policy key to development – Dakuku Peterside

… As Stakeholders review National
Maritime Transport Policy
… Industry Players commend NIMASA all-inclusiveness

DG NIMASA, Dr, Dakuku Peterside
A national policy on maritime and
cooperation among stakeholders will engender economic growth, Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA) has stated.

This was as stakeholders on the
invitation of NIMASA gathered to review the Draft National Maritime Transport
Policy (NMTP) to ensure it is elaborate enough to drive the growth of the
maritime sector and as well stand the test of time.

Speaking at the opening of the
session, Dr. Dakuku who was represented by the Agency’s Head, Planning Research
and Data Management Services, Mrs. Ronke Thomas said that it is in the usual
way of the Agency in engaging stakeholders especially as it concerns documents
that would benefit the sector.

According to the DG “in our usual way
of ensuring that the sector is stakeholders driven, we feel this document would
benefit all the players in the industry and that is why we have gathered you
here to make input on this document so that we will be on the same page when it
is time for the implementation of the content,” he said.

Also speaking at the event Barrister
Mike Igbokwe SAN said that there was the need to have a liberal protection of
what he termed the Nigerian local shipping industry. 

He said documents such as
the NMTP would ensure that the Nigerian local shipping industry is protected
from being stifled by unfavourable competition from international shipping

In her view, the Secretary General of
the Abuja MoU, Mrs Ufom Usoro noted that the document should be reviewed with
particular focus on the National Transport Policy (NTP) which is at the final
level of approval by the Federal Executive Council.

The former NIMASA DG pointed out that
having been a member of the committee that drafted the NTP, that there was the
need to make reference to the document while reviewing the NMTP. She advised
that the NMTP should focus more on objectives of the Maritime Sector and not
the Agencies that regulate the sector.

In the same vein, Barrister Temisan
Omatseye, also a former DG of NIMASA said that the NTP was at an advanced
stage, and disclosed that a strategy was already in place for the
implementation of the document.

He advised that the NMTP should be
embedded in the NTP, which would make it more comprehensive and elaborate.

It should be noted that this is the
latest in the collaborative efforts championed by NIMASA in the maritime

The session had in attendance key stakeholders such Andrew Isichei
and Mrs. Obiageli Obi of the Nigerian Chambers of Shipping.

Others are Barrister Chidi Ilogu, Ms.
Funmi Folorunso, Otunba Kunle Folarin as well as representatives from the
Maritime Workers Union, the Nigerian Merchant Navy amongst other attendees.

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