The Director of Marine Environment Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Mrs Juliana Abiodun Gunwa, has been appointed as a consultant to the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, a global maritime regulatory agency.
Mrs. Gunwa has had over 15 years active participation in the activities of the IMO, both locally and internationally with numerous successful regional and national workshops organised by the IMO in Nigeria to her credit.
In a press statement sent to THISDAY by the Deputy Director, Public Relations, Hajia Lami Tumaka said the appointment is in recognition of her work in the activities of the IMO as well as her effective participation at the IMO sessions in London over the years.
Her activities as the Director of Marine Environment Management of the Agency has heightened awareness of a safe and friendly marine environment necessary for the smooth operation of shipping activities, while also conserving and preserving aquatic life.
Mrs. Gunwa recently chaired a technical sub-committee of the IMO that produced a manual on Marine Pollution Prevention which document has been approved by the IMO’s MEPC implementation across the globe.
While Mrs. Gunwa remains a staff of NIMASA, her appointment as a consultant to the IMO is basically on advisory capacity.
Her responsibilities as an IMO consultant would include giving technical and professional advice to the IMO on issues of marine environment management, facilitating in IMO organised conferences and workshops and serving on technical committees as the need arises amongst others.
The IMO usually offer consultancy appointments to officials of maritime administrations who have distinguished themselves in the various activities of the organization in different parts of the world.
Mrs. Gunwa who joined the services of NIMASA in 2002 earned a first degree in Humanities from the prestigious University of Ibadan. She also has an M.Sc in Marine Management from the Dalhousie University Halifax, Canada and another M.Sc in General Maritime Administration from the World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden obtained in 1989 and 1993 respectively.
She started her working career with the Federal Ministry of Transport’s maritime services department in 1982 and was later seconded to the Government Inspector of Shipping in 2000 as head of marine environment division until she joined NIMASA in 2002.