The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, says preparedness and core training is the panacea for handling oil spills in the maritime environment.
The Agency’s Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said this while addressing participants at the eight days training programme on ‘Oil Spill Response and Preparedness Training on the Job’ organised by the European Union in Lagos.
Dr. Peterside decried the negative impact of oil spills on the marine environment and its effects on the livelihood of people living in coastal communities.
“It is only adequate preparation that can help mitigate the effect of oil spills,’’ Dr Peterside stated.
The NIMASA boss urged the participants to take the training serious, as their expertise after the programme would be instrumental in dealing with oil spills issues.
The training programme is a capacity development initiative set towards achieving a cleaner environment by reducing pollution from oil spillage.
It is being held in Nigeria as one of the top countries in Africa selected by the European Union EU.
Participants were drawn from NIMASA, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency and the Nigerian Ports Authority, while the five prioritised countries from Africa are Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana Cote, Ivory Coast and Cameroon.