The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy have taken a significant step towards enhancing the nation’s Blue Economy by inaugurating a joint committee aimed at fostering a conducive environment for investment in this sector.
Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC West), formally established the 8-Man Committee, charging its members to formulate policies that would create an inviting maritime atmosphere for investments in Nigeria’s Blue Economy.
Comprising representatives from both the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA, the committee includes high-ranking naval officers such as Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, Commodore K.O. Oguntuga, Commodore N.S. Kaman, and Captain A. U. Tijani. From NIMASA, the committee is represented by Chief Otonye Obom, Kurahson Inuwa, Isa Mudi, and Aisha Usman Dangote, all tasked with shaping the future of the Blue Economy.
The genesis of this collaborative effort stems from the recent visit by a Nigerian Navy delegation to NIMASA’s headquarters in Lagos, during which Dr. Bashir Jamoh OFR, the Director-General of NIMASA, announced the formation of this joint committee. Comprising an equal representation from both entities, this committee stands as a testament to the commitment of both NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy towards leveraging their expertise and resources to unlock the vast potential of Nigeria’s Blue Economy.
Osagie Edward, FNIPR, Assistant Director of Public Relations at NIMASA, reiterated the significance of this alliance, emphasizing its potential to drive growth and investment within the Blue Economy, thereby contributing significantly to Nigeria’s maritime and economic development.