Norway Partners Nigeria on Maritime Development
Aclaimed as one of the most endowed maritime domains in the world and as part of measures to attract foreign investors to tap into opportunities that abound in the Nigerian maritime industry, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to showcase the potentials of the Nigerian Maritime Sector at the Norwegian Shipping week later this year.
Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made this known when he hosted the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Ronny Berg and the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Jens-Peter Kjemprud at the NIMASA Headquarters in Lagos recently.
Dr. Peterside while emphasizing that Nigeria has a very rich maritime heritage also said that 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.
In his words “The delegation, to be led by the Honourable Minister of Transportation will be holding series of meetings with maritime stakeholders during the Norway shipping week to discuss available opportunities in the Nigerian maritime industry”.
In response to the Dakuku’s comments, the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade 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.
In its quest to advance the economic interest of the Nigerian maritime sector geared towards making it a world class standard, the DG of NIMASA since assumption of office has continued to seek collaborations both locally and internationally, with positive results.
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.