By YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos
The director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that Africa is ready to engage on equal terms with the rest of the world in the area of maritime businesses.
Dakuku who made this known at the Nor-Shipping 2017 event holding at Lillstrome, Norway from May 29 till June 2, 2017, further stated that “it is high time Africa stopped others from engaging us on their own terms, whether they bring vessels to us or just taking our cargoes; rather all we want is a mutually beneficial relationship where we can give and also receive.”
In a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP by the Deputy Director Public Relations, Isichei Osamgbi , the DG said African leaders are engaging the rest of the world in maritime businesses.
“What we are trying to do is to change the terms of engagement for the rest of the world in terms of maritime businesses. We want to operate on equal terms not lopsided terms against our own interest, thereby creating room for a mutually beneficial relationship,” the DG averred. Dakuku further stated that Nigeria’s participation at Nor-Shipping is to say to the world that we have a lot to offer.
“There are lots of opportunities in the maritime administration of Nigeria; we are diversifying our economy, we are the biggest economy in Africa with a vast population, vast coastline of over 800 kilometers, endowed with many natural resources and a good Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amongst others. So if you have to do business in Africa, you must talk about Nigeria”, he said.
Meanwhile, the NIMASA DG who was recently appointed the Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations stated that part of the initiative to grow the African maritime industry is to rapidly build capacity amongst nations within the continent.