BY YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos
The director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said that the agency had already keyed into the vision of the President Muhammadu Buhari, by creating over 7000 jobs in the last six months through the New Cabotage Compliance Strategy and was set to do more, as there were vast opportunities in the maritime sector.
Dakuku stated this on Thursday in Lagos while speaking with journalists on the activities of NIMASA.
In a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP by the deputy director, Public Relations, Isichie Osamgbi, the DG said the agency had come up with strategies that had ensured a steady rise in the number of jobs created through manning, crewing, stevedoring, and dockworkers engagement.
This, he said, has positioned the maritime industry as one of the key sectors that would support the realisation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s pronouncement during his Democracy Day broadcast of bringing 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, as maritime possesses a vast opportunity for the country’s economic growth.
According to the NIMASA DG, the implementation of a five-year plan for the cessation of waiver has encouraged the employment of more Nigerians by vessel owners. He said the effect of the new Cabotage regime was still yielding positive results, as more Nigerians were set to be engaged in various sub-sectors of the maritime industry due to the discouragement of the dominance of the sector by foreigners.