By Ajibola Abayomi,
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside says professionalism has a key role to play in the development and growth of the nation’s maritime industry.
Speaking when members of the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) paid a courtesy visit to the agency’s Lagos headquarters, he said the body’s is indispensible to the sector, being highly skilled and focused professionals that cannot be brushed aside.
He therefore urged the members to bring their expertise to bear in helping NIMASA actualize its core mandate of regulating the industry.
He intimated them that the current management of the agency is working towards repositioning and rebuilding the maritime sector to world class standard.
“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”, the DG said.
Earlier in his remarks, the President of AMES, Charles Uwadia commended the Dakuku-led administration on its strides at getting the maritime sector to the right path and assured the Agency of the Association’s unflinching support to its developmental initiatives.
He also expressed the willingness of the body to partner with the agency and ensure it contributes meaningfully towards policies aimed at raising the international profile of the country.
“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 added.