Buhari: We go use oceans and sea take build Naija
President Muhammadu Buhari don talk say Nigeria go reposition the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to take facilitate economic prosperity.
He say dem go do this one as dem go unlock the huge potential wey dey for Naija ocean and seas.
Buhari yarn this one yesterday for one three-day conference of Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) for Abuja.
AAMA na one umbrella body of five African Maritime Stakeholders’ groups, wey be Association of Maritime Administrations of Africa, Africa’s Ship Registry Forum, African Ship Owners Association as well as Africa Shippers’ Council with Seafarers’ Forum.
The President yarn other African leaders dem make dem tap into the big resources wey dey for oceans to take boost the continent economic development and to take provide job for people.
Na Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, represent oga Buhari and he talk say the opportunity wey dey for oceans wey surround the continent dem need control and make use of am to take enlarge the economy.
Na NIMASA host the event wey dem title am: “Sustainable use of Africa’s oceans and seas”.
The president also yarn,
”Here in Nigeria, we have taken steps to tackle some of the issues peculiar to us while still calling for regional and sub-regional collaborations. We have set up engagement to resolve and address the misunderstanding and contentious issues in Niger Delta which, off course, is part of Gulf Guinea.
“We recently approved a new maritime security architecture and infrastructure to be jointly coordinated by NIMASA, NSA and FMOT. We have given required support to the Navy so that they can work with others within our sub-region to effectively police our waters to facilitate trade.
“This arrangement will also contribute to resolving and eliminating piracy and sea robbery in our maritime domain on our waters. The results are encouraging and piracy has dropped dramatically, especially in the last six months.
“We are making substantive investment to improve human capacity by taking advantage of international trade in the shipping and our maritime industry.
“The measure we are putting in place is to increase efficiency of our port and to enable quick turnaround time of vessels. Technology is also being introduced to make our port operation effective to support economic growth. NIMASA as regulator agency is being reformed to play effective role as a facilitator of economic prosperity.”
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