The Federal Government is set to invest heavily in shipping and regulate the maritime industry to eliminate substandard ships in the united states.
The government has also promised to invest in capacity building by equipping Port State Control (PSC) inspectors working in the Nigerian Maritime Management and Safety Agency (NIMASA) plus support the agency with the expertise needed to carry out its core duties more effectively.
Speaking at the opening of the regional workshop upon PSC for the West and Main African region organised in Lagos, yesterday, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said the government can be taking pro-active measure to reduce accident rates and fatalities, loss of house and devastating pollution of the marine environment.
The course, the Minister said, was prepared under the framework of the European Union (EU), Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Number of States and the International Maritime Organisation (EU/ACP/IMO) Project in support of the maritime sector in West and Main Africa region.
Amaechi said the high level of maritime actions in the nation’ s territorial seas and the Gulf of Guinea, inflict enormous challenges on the Federal Government as well as other coastal countries in the West and Main Africa in terms of building a robust and effective maritime safety regime.
He therefore , directed the PSC Inspectors at NIMASA as well as the 19 beneficiary countries to use the chance provided by the workshop to revise their knowledge and enhance the common drive towards building a robust plus effective maritime safety regime in the country and the region.
“As Inspectors of ships for your particular countries, you are all collectively saddled with an important role in the socio-economic activities of your countries and the West plus Central African region in general. In this role, you form an important part of the necessary resources required to discharge the responsibilities of your maritime administrations.
“Ensuring Flag Ship Integrity and international obligations for PSC are important elements in the development of maritime safety. “Your capacity to symbolize your countries by effectively preventing powering your duties on ships is critical and should therefore be given the required attention, ” he directed.
The minister said the region is critical in the global supply of energy because of the economic advantages derived from the transport of low-sulphur crude oil from the region to Europe and North America. He or she said the Gulf of Guinea remains an important maritime route regarding commercial shipping from Europe plus America to West, Central plus Southern Africa.
Whilst noting that countries under the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) upon PSC accounts for a significant volume of seaborne cargo to and from African, he implored all participants at the workshop “to take the engagement seriously, remain concentrated and avail yourselves with the distinctive opportunity to secure in-depth understanding of the particular presentations to be delivered by the source persons. ”
In the address, the Acting Director-General of NIMASA, Pastor Haruna Baba Jauro said he was happy to observe participants from Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau. Liberia, Mauritania, Sao Tome, Principe, Senegal and Sierra Leone on the workshop.
He said huge investments are needed in human and capital resources to perform PSC inspection effectively and creditably, incorporating that the dearth of qualified marine professionals is a global phenomenon impacting most countries of the sub-region.
Source: The Nation