Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has said that the country’s maritime sector is one of the fastest growing on the African continent.

Jamoh, who stated this Monday during the interactive session by the Senate Committee on Marine Transport with Chief Executive Officers of agencies of government in the maritime sector, noted that NIMASA has embraced collaboration and peer review exercises with other maritime administrations on the African continent and globally.

“We regularly undertake peer review exercises amongst maritime administrations not just on the African continent, but globally. We have learnt a lot from reviews with the South African Maritime Administration (SAMSA) and Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). We have also provided mentorship for maritime administrations on the African continent. Countries like Gambia, Sierra Leone and Ghana amongst others have come for mentorship on various issues such as port and flag state administration and the SPOMO Act,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun noted that the interactive session is to ensure that the legislature and the implementing organs of government are on the same page to ensure Nigerians enjoy benefits accruable from the blue economy.

“With the determination and commitment of the Federal Government under the able leadership of His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu towards reviving the economy, I believe that better days are ahead and the current difficulty will surely come to pass.  It is in this regard that the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy was created with the mandate of coordinating and supervising the activities and operations in the maritime sector. The creation of the Ministry is born out of the enormous opportunities that are in the marine and blue economy and the desire to fully harness them,” he said.

On his part, the Rector, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, (MAN) Oron, Commodore Emmanuel Duja Effedua during his presentation acknowledged the role NIMASA played in transforming the academy to be one of the best globally.

“Today, MAN Oron has state of the art equipment in training seafarers comparable to the best globally, and NIMASA’S commitment to funding the academy played a major role in the achievements recorded in the academy,” Effedua said.

Members of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport are in Lagos as part of their oversight functions and to receive briefings from the maritime agencies.

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