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Akinsoji’s thoughts on Nigeria’s IMO Council Seat loss

Engr. Olu Akinsoji

By Olu Akinsoji
Let us as a nation, through the
appropriate authorities have a sober reflection on the outcome of the IMO
council election. 

In doing this, we should examine carefully the points raised
in an article titled ‘IMO Council Seat: Between Illusion and Reality’. 

I don’t
know the author, but I respect his views and acknowledge the points raised as
substantially valuable to uplift us in the comity of maritime nations.

In addition, it may enhance the
administrative processes of IMO instruments compliance, thereby strengthening
our capacity for development. 

Let us consider all the points raised in that
article, with necessary resources and strong political will to deal with the

In addition, the following
outstanding issues should also be equally dealt with:

1. The outcomes of the International
Conference on GoG Maritime Security.
2. Comprehensive implementation of
the legal instrument on the unlawful acts against maritime navigation in our
territorial waters.
3. Fulfilling effectively our
obligations as a regional coordinator of Maritime Search and Rescue,
4. Providing the environment for
international fleet development, aim at achieving progressive national tonnage.
5. Train all personnel connected with
the implementation of IMO instruments to have deep knowledge on tangible issues
and processes.
 6. Strengthen national representative at IMO
to be able to participate effectively in the day to day activities of IMO with
corresponding effective linkage with the relevant national authorities.
7. Let us monitor our obligations
effectively and deal with them accordingly with easily retrievable records.
Above is my humble contribution to
this topical issue.

Olu Akinsoji is a marine engineer of great repute. He was a Director General , Government Inspector of Shipping, until his office was merged with the National Maritime Authority to form the safety component of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency. He pioneered the establishment of  the office of the Alternate Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Maritime Organisation in the High Commission, London.

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