The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has charged Nigerians to key into the opportunities afforded by the Blue economy stating that it is the fastest growing sector in the world with enormous business potential.
Peterside stated this while speaking at the 23rd Nigerian Economic Summit (NES) themed: â€˜Opportunities, Productivity and Employment: Actualising the Economy Recovery and Growth Plan.â€™
He stated that with the length of the nationâ€™s coastline and the attendant volume of maritime trade, Nigeria is at an advantage of developing the blue economy and stakeholders have to actively participate to reap the benefits of the sector.
According to Peterside, â€œDeveloping the blue economy is paramount across the globe now, and the public and private sector have to collaborate to sustainably harness the potentials of our maritime sector for the benefit of the Nigerian economy especially as the federal government continues the economic diversification drive.â€
The NIMASA boss also stated that it was high time Nigerians began to tap into the opportunities embedded in our maritime sector adding that economies of the likes of Singapore, Ukraine and South Korea thrive on the activities of their maritime sector.
He further suggested that with improved maintenance culture, adequate data management and statistics as well as articulated actions from stakeholders backed up with political will, Nigeria will be a leading light in the comity of maritime nations.
Peterside further advocated synergy within stakeholders stating that the agency with the support of the federal government is working assiduously to ensure that Nigerians reap the benefits that abound the sector. He pointed out that the newly approved maritime security architecture will effectively reduce piracy and other related sea crimes.
Peterside charged stakeholders to actively participate in the Nigerian maritime sector in order to support the growth of the countryâ€™s blue economy.