(VON) The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA has called for the assistance of the traditional rulers in the maritime domain towards the economic diversification drive of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made the call when he led the Management of NIMASA on a courtesy visit to the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.
Dr Peterside said his “visit to the traditional ruler was informed by the critical role the traditional institution played in nation building, as custodians of culture and tradition.’’
He described Lagos as ‘the economic gateway of Nigeria with enormous maritime resources,’ saying there is no doubt that the state is the hub of maritime activities in Nigeria and it is the only state that has two international seaports in the country.
“Therefore, there is need for all stakeholders in Lagos to work with the government and its agencies to further diversify the economic,’’ the DG said.
The NIMASA boss said the roles of the Agency included regulation of shipping and shipping activities, as well as promotion of indigenous shipping.
Dr Peterside said that in the course of carrying out its regulatory functions, the Agency might need the support of the traditional institution in one way or the other.
“We will come hard on erring operators and stakeholders and we will need your support where necessary, to achieve our aims for the benefit of Nigeria,’’ Dr. Peterside added.
Oba Rilwan Akiolu commended the Management of NIMASA, saying “he is impressed by its good works to revolutionise the maritime sector in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s change agenda.’’
The Monarch said the Agency could count on him and his traditional council to provide a conducive environment for maritime activities to thrive.
He also said that he had instructed his chiefs around the operational base of the Agency in Lagos to ensure that the place was secured for people to carry out their legitimate businesses.