At NIMASA Senior Management Strategy Session, NESG DG Insists On Blue Economy For The Future

By Edu Abade

Director-General of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) ‘Laoye Jaiyeola has stressed the need to focus on Blue Economy, maintaining that it holds the key to future prospects in the Nigerian economy.

Jaiyeola, who stated this at a three-day senior management strategy session of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), hinged his presentation on providing leadership in uncertain times, noted that the maritime industry is capable of playing a leading role in reshaping the Nigerian economy.

He used the opportunity to enjoin the management of NIMASA to move with the trend in order to meet up with modern day realities in ensuring that the Nigerian maritime sector remained in tandem with its counterparts in other maritime climes.

“With the global uncertainty due largely to the Ukraine-Russian war and adapting to the new normal brought unto humanity by COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to weakening global stability, Blue Economy is the future. Leaders should embrace the use of technology in the maritime sector and acquire new skills in-demand. This is the only way Nigeria can provide leadership in the maritime sector,” he said.

It is imperative to state that the Jamoh-led administration has adopted continuous stakeholder engagements across board in the quest to realize its mandate. The Senior Management Strategic Management session 2022, has an eight-year plan made up of short, medium and long-term clearly stated goals aimed at enhancing the performance of the agency.

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Management of NIMASA disclosed that it organised the three-day management strategic session as part of efforts to review performance and strategise to achieve its core mandate.

Speaking during the opening of the session, Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, noted that continuous internal stakeholders’ engagement is a key component of the current administration to achieve a successful implementation of her tripod mandate of ensuring Maritime Safety, Maritime Security and Shipping Development for the Nigerian Maritime industry.

Jamoh disclosed that in order to achieve the mandate of the agency, it requires collective efforts from all stakeholders, which will in turn help drive investors’ confidence in engaging in businesses in the Nigerian maritime sector.

“Shipping is crucial to the survival of the global economy, as was exemplified during the COVID-19 pandemic, where virtually all sectors of the global economy were grounded, except the shipping industry. For us at NIMASA, we are focused on driving the agenda of the Federal Government in making the Nigerian maritime sector attractive to investors, while we keep building the capacity of our people to make them compete favourably with their counterparts in the comity of maritime nations.”

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