The Immediate past Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside yesterday inaugurated the Blue Economy Group, while stating that the essence of setting up of the group is to help unlock the benefits inherent in the deep blue economy.
Speaking yesterday, during the official inauguration of the members, the former NIMASA boss acknowledged that government alone cannot achieve the vision of a vibrant blue economy, adding that sustainable development in collaboration with the private sector is the only way to achieve this.
He stressed that the responsibility of optimizing the benefits of the Blue Economy is a shared between the government, private sector, civil society, communities, professionals and other actors.
He also stated that, robust partnership by all actors has proven to be the master key to unlocking the line benefits of sustainable development of the Blue Economy.
Dakuku also informed that some government agencies, multi- lateral and financial institutions have already expressed willingness to partner with the group to advance the beneficial impact of Blue Economy.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Deep Blue Economy Group, Hajia Lami Tumaka noted that the group is the culmination of the enormous collective effort of the innovative Board of Directors of the Company; the Blue Economy Resources Nigeria Limited which she said began some months ago.
She informed that the company is in business to provide be-spoke innovations tailored towards facilitating maritime business-friendly solutions to the challenges in the emerging blue economy sector of the country.
According to her, “the Group is the culmination of the enormous collective effort of the innovative Board of Directors of our Company, the Blue Economy Resources Nigeria Limited which began some months ago. It is a private company registered under the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“As you may be aware, our company is in business to provide be-spoke innovations tailored towards facilitating maritime business-friendly solutions to the challenges in the emerging blue economy sector of Nigeria.
“To this end, we are poised to be Nigeria’s leading blue economy business anchor with our focus on the efficiency of our maritime policies/laws, Blue Economy capacity building, strategic public-private partnerships in cargo afreightment, infrastructure development, marine environment management, inter-modal transportation, marine bio-technology, ocean energy and increased indigenous Cabotage participation.
“It is for the realization of the above corporate objectives that the Board considered and approved the constitution of a Coordinating Group with proven track records of achievement drawn from various fields across the maritime sector.
“The group is working with the Board of Directors as advisors and partners to among others, bring the Blue Economy Advocacy to the front burner of government, the Organized Private Sector and critical stakeholders” she said.
Members of the group include: Hajia Lami Tumaka, serving as the Chairperson, Mr. Ojiji Oriri Onya as Executive Director, Mr Suleiman Adama Executive Director, Alhaji Dikko Bala, HRM Muhammed Munir Jaffa, Temisan Omatseye, Sen Grace Folashade Bent, Mrs, Jean Chaizor Anishere, Commodore Daniel Atakpa, Chief Micheal Onuoha.
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