Abiodun OBA |
Director General, Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh has identifie areas of partnership between the state government and his agency
Jamoh made the disclosure when he led top management of the agency on a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Lagos House, Ikeja,on Tuesday.
NIMASA, the DG identifed such cooperation in the areas of the extinction of waterway security,ferry services, waste management on the sea, and the extension and development of the shipping industry.
Jamoh pointed out that extinction of the fishing industry was due to insecurity on the waterways, assuring that the agency was ready to partner with Lagos State to ensure safety on the waterways.
“We are seeing the extinction of the of the fishery industry due to maritime insecurity. 98 percent of the maritime insecurity originates from land to sea but Lagos still remains the state that has the highest maritime security.
“We are also looking at the ferry services as the alternative means of transportation so we can reduce the level of traffic congestion we are experiencing.
“Also the estate management on the sea.
“Another area has to do with the shipping extension and development so that our visions which we envisaged in the next 20 years will take us to the promised land,” the DG said.
Jamoh explained that the Blue Economy, which is the use of the ocean for economic growth, will increase livelihood and enhance the well being of our people.
“We need alliances and we have recognised Lagos State as one of our alliances,” the DG assured.
In his response, the state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the state is responsible for over 70 per cent maritime activities, saying, “it’s important we work collaboratively.
‘’As a government, we are ready to work hand in hand with you. We will commission the Lekki Port before the end of this administration so we can de-congest Apapa. We are willing and ready. We want to see that real synergy.
“Another area of partnership is in the area of wreckage. Once we find those wreckage, we should put them out. We are at the stage of completing 15 jetties in the state. We have moved over 250,000 passengers through our ferries in less than a year. Our plan is to develop the waterways where people do a lot. It is a deliberate strategy we need to look , ” Sanwo-Olu said.
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