By Chibuike Nwabuko (Sundiata Post)
Abuja — Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, has described the role of the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) to the maritime sector as indispensable.
Peterside, who made the declaration when the body paid him a courtesy visit at the headquarters of NIMASA in Lagos, maintained that professionalism has a key role to play in the development and growth of the maritime industry in Nigeria.
According to a statement made available to Sundiata Post by Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Isichei Osamgbi, Peterside called on AMES to bring to the fore its expertise in helping the Agency actualise its core mandate of regulating the industry.
While describing the members as highly skilled and focused professionals that cannot be brushed aside, Peterside intimated them that the current Management of NIMASA is working hard, and leaving no stone unturned to reposition and rebuild the maritime sector to make it world class.
“We are building a maritime administration that will keep pace with modern maritime thinking and to do that we need everybody onboard, especially the highly skilled professionals like your association.
“In the industry, it is good to have assets. You can have ships, have other assets, but the greatest asset we can have in the industry is manpower. So we need manpower to drive the industry and that is where the marine engineers and the surveyors come in,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the President of AMES, Charles Uwadia, commended Peterside’s led administration on its strides in getting the maritime sector to the right path.
Uwadia also assured the Agency of his Association’s unflinching support to NIMASA’s developmental initiatives.
He also expressed the willingness of the body to partner with the Agency in contributing meaningfully on Nigeria’s policies to raise the international profile of the country in the comity of nations.
“The Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors are stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime and shipping industry, and we are concerned about the success of the Nigerian maritime shipping industry and its fundamental contribution to the overall economy of Nigeria. We, therefore, assure you of our continuous support in your efforts to reposition the Nigerian maritime sector,” he assured.
It is worthy to note that the present Management of NIMASA is committed to focusing on its core mandate.
This, it has done, through various collaborative efforts geared towards the development of the sector and by extension the Nigerian economy.
These include: delivering excellent service in the areas of Maritime safety, making the maritime domain safe and navigable, providing adequate supervision for our marine environmental management, averting and reducing pollution at sea. Others are meeting relevant International Maritime Organisation (IMO) mandate, as well as helping to grow indigenous shipping and also carry out port and flag state responsibilities.