…As Norwegian Deputy Minister Of Trade, Industry and Fisheries Visits NIMASA.
By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside has said that the agency would be showcasing its potentials at the Norway Shipping week that would hold later this year as part of measures to attract foreign investors to tap into opportunities that abound in the Nigerian maritime industry.
He made this disclosure when the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Ronny Berg and the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Jens-Peter Kjemprud paid a courtesy visit to the NIMASA Headquarters in Lagos recently.
This was contained in a statement signed by Isichei Osamgbi, Head Corporate Communications, NIMASA.
According to the statement, “the Honourable Minister of Transportation Rt. Honourable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi would be leading a delegation from Nigeria to grace the event and meet relevant maritime stakeholders at the side lines of the occasion in Norway to discuss available opportunities in the Nigerian maritime industry”.
While responding to the DG’s comments, the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Mr. Ronny Berg said that Nigeria is Norway’s biggest trade partner on the continent of Africa hence the need to strengthen the ties through cooperation and collaboration.
According to the Norwegian Deputy Minister “Norway has had trade ties with Nigeria since the 1890s when stock fish from Norway was shipped into Nigeria. Norwegians have interest in investing in Nigeria especially the maritime sector and we are willing to support NIMASA in delivering a safe maritime economy “, he said.
“Since assumption of office as DG, Dakuku Peterside has continued to seek collaborations both locally and internationally, to advance the economic interest of the Nigerian maritime sector towards making it a world class standard, and this has yielded positive results, the statement added.
NIMASA remains the sole regulator of the Nigerian maritime sector with its functions cutting across shipping development, maritime safety and capacity development amongst others as enshrined in the NIMASA Act, 2007 and other enabling instruments.