• Sun. May 26th, 2024

In a significant moved towards enhancing Nigeria’s maritime sector, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has pledged to foster inclusivity in industry development. This assurance was given at an interactive session with maritime stakeholders in Lagos, where Mobereola emphasized the need for collaboration under the guidance of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.

L-R: Executive Director Operations of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; Executive Director Finance and Administration of NIMASA; Mr. Chudi Offodile, the Director General of NIMASA Dr Dayo Mobereola; Former Minister of Interior/CEO Integrated Oil and Gas Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho; and Executive Director Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services Mr. Jibril Abba. During the Maiden Interactive Session of maritime stakeholders with DG/CEO NIMASA in Lagos.

During the session, Mobereola highlighted the importance of setting clear objectives and strategies that align with the President’s vision, ensuring that the development of the maritime sector is sustainable and benefits all stakeholders. The DG also announced upcoming improvements, including the automation of the ship registry to increase efficiency and support shipping development in Nigeria.

The event, chaired by former Nigerian Minister of Interior Captain Iheanacho, who praised Mobereola’s extensive experience, was marked by optimism about the future of maritime safety, security, and environmental sustainability under the new leadership. Captain Iheanacho expressed confidence in Mobereola’s capability to drive significant progress in these areas and underscored the willingness of stakeholders to support this journey.

L-R: Former Minister of Interior and Managing Director, Integrated Oil and Gas, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho; Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan; Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA Dr. Dayo Mobereola; Vice Chairperson, ENL Consortium Dr. Vicky Haastrup and President General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Comrade Adewale Adeyanju. During the Maiden Interactive Session of maritime stakeholders with the DG/CEO NIMASA in Lagos.

Various industry leaders, including Dr. Akabogu, a maritime lawyer, outlined necessary reforms such as enhanced data utilization, industry standardization, and accountability measures. Princess Vicky Haastrup, President of the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria, emphasized the critical role of dockworkers in the industry, advocating for their continuous training to ensure efficiency and compliance with international labor standards.

Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, President General of the Nigerian Maritime Workers Union, echoed the importance of maintaining a decent work agenda for dockworkers, aligning with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006. Additionally, Alhaji Aminu Umar from the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria called for more dialogue on international advancements and the independence of the Ship Registry.

The event also saw active participation from women’s associations within the industry, advocating for greater involvement of women and support for their advocacy efforts. Past Directors General of NIMASA and other notable figures, including the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, expressed their support for the current administration, reinforcing the collaborative spirit of the gathering.

L-R: Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan; Director General, NIMASA, Dr Dayo Mobereola; Vice Chairperson ENL Consortium Princess Vicky Haastrup and President General, Nigerian Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) Comrade Adewale Adeyanju. During the Maiden Interactive Session of maritime stakeholders with DG/CEO NIMASA in Lagos.

This session marks a hopeful step forward for Nigeria’s maritime sector, aiming to create a more inclusive, efficient, and globally competitive maritime environment.

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