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Nigeria Leverages Blue Economy with NIMASA’s New Service Charter

Federal Government Commits to Maritime Excellence and Sustainability

by Oluwatosin Racheal Alabi

The Federal Government of Nigeria has taken a significant step towards economic strengthening by capitalizing on the potential of the Blue Economy, with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) launching its service charter. This initiative, unveiled in Abuja on February 6, 2024, underscores a strategic move to enhance the maritime sector’s efficiency, transparency, and customer focus, pivotal for Nigeria’s economic and sustainable development.

At the launch, Minister of Maritime and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, represented by Babatunde Bombata, Director of Maritime Safety and Security, highlighted the maritime sector’s critical role in the nation’s economic fabric. “The maritime sector is a linchpin for trade, commerce, and connectivity, vital for our economic development and a source of livelihood for millions globally,” he remarked. This event marks a crucial milestone in Nigeria’s journey to leverage the vast opportunities within its maritime domain, focusing on innovation, sustainable practices, and inclusive growth.

The NIMASA service charter represents a commitment to elevating service standards within the maritime industry, aligning with international best practices. It signifies a fresh era characterized by enhanced operational efficiency, accountability, and stakeholder engagement. The Minister emphasized the broader implications of focusing on the Blue Economy, encompassing economic gains, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. The sustainable exploitation of maritime resources, he noted, must ensure the conservation of ocean and coastal ecosystems for future generations.

Senator Wasiu Sani, Chairman of the Senate Committee on NIMASA, underscored the importance of adherence to international maritime standards for NIMASA to achieve excellence. He assured NIMASA of the Senate Committee’s support, emphasizing the need for optimal performance and service delivery to position Nigeria’s maritime sector as a leader on the African continent and globally.

Dr. Ibrahim Jamoh, Director General of NIMASA, conveyed the agency’s dedication to transforming its service delivery approach. The launch of the service charter, themed “Service Redefined,” reflects a commitment to innovation and excellence. “This initiative is not just a procedural update; it’s about fundamentally shifting how we engage with our stakeholders and the public,” Dr. Jamoh stated. The charter outlines NIMASA’s promises to its diverse stakeholders, setting clear service standards and establishing mechanisms for accountability.

The renewed focus on the Blue Economy and the launch of the NIMASA service charter come at a critical time when global maritime dynamics are rapidly evolving. By embracing technological advancements, NIMASA aims to streamline operations, enhance productivity, and foster sustainable growth. This initiative promises a more efficient, transparent, and responsive maritime sector, capable of driving Nigeria’s economic development and ensuring the sustainable exploitation of its maritime resources.

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