The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside says vertical and horizontal partnership is required to grow the country’s maritime sector.
Dr.Peterside made this known to journalists when he played host to the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Rolf Ree in Lagos.
The NIMASA boss described Norway as a great maritime nation with an industry driven by technological innovation.
The Director General also expressed Nigeria’s readiness to partner with the Norwegian Government and its Maritime Authority for mutual benefit and to propel the growth of the maritime industry in Nigeria.
He further reiterated the resolve of the Agency to ensure safety and security on the nation’s waterways, noting that it would attract more investors to the country.
“Norway has a lot to benefit from Nigeria as we are a major player in Africa especially the hydro carbon trade and the country has a lot to benefit from Norway, in the areas of expertise and technology needed to develop the sector.
To this end the Agency is prepared to enter into a partnership, provided it protects Nigeria’s interest and it is in accordance to our laws”, the DG said.
Accordingly, Dr. Peterside said the Agency had committed itself to a number of initiatives including the development of a medium term strategic growth plan and building alliances with critical stakeholders, all aimed at leapfrogging the Nigerian maritime sector.
Earlier, Ambassador Ree, who described the Nigerian maritime sector as very impressive,
expressed the readiness of Norway to provide infrastructural and technical support to NIMASA, in the country’s quest to assert itself as major player in Africa.