Maritime dimension to food security demands significant action – Ilori
...Shares perspectives on NOSDRA’s findings to cause of dead fish on Niger Delta coastline
maritime dimension to food security in the country, Marine engineer, Emmanuel Ilori has said.
Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) in a recent case of dead croaker fish washed ashore the coastline of the Niger Delta, was subject to more worries.
would have also made efforts to trace the toxic waste to wherever it came from.
fish than just croaker.
content or dumped the fish when it noticed a problem.
done. That is the first issue we need to consider,” he said.
Thoughts’ that Nigeria would need to build structures that would expressly support fish production, being a fish-consuming people, who spend huge foreign exchange on fish importation.
on feeding their people first, even as Nigeria would have spent so much from
her foreign reserves from oil.
The question we then ask is that “does the maritime has a role to play in food security?” the answer is yes, because we have a huge maritime domain that we should secure and harness for the benefit of our people.
that we were able to fund the fish that we import.
able to generate income from the fish.”
the Nigerian Ship Registry reform.
should be on Nigerian Ship Registry reform,” Ilori added.
and then identify areas of development.
dimensions of the energy security, because the energy comes from our oil and gas industry basically. But then, it is not dominated by Nigerians.”
crucial to developing seafarers needed to man sub-sectors in the industry.
actively develop that for us to take full advantage of the opportunities therein.
maritime environment. You cannot run away from that; seafarers being owed wages of months, seafarers not being adequately compensated, their working environment, seafarers who have gone to colleges, who cannot find berthing space.
agencies, stronger structure would be set in place to support not just Nigerian seafarers, but foreign seafarers who are on board bringing supplies to Nigeria.