Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has charged all African maritime administrators and regulators to speak with one voice at the global level as the continent addresses challenges facing the maritime space, noting that this will require cooperation amongst States and agencies and with other segments of society including the private sector.
The Vice President, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, said this today at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja where he declared the 3rd Annual Conference of the Association of African Maritime Administrations open, after which he unveiled the logo for the new NIMASA brand.
” I am especially pleased that we are able to host this meeting here, especially when one recalls that the 2014 session of this meeting could not be held in West Africa on account of the outbreak of the Ebola disease”.
” But perhaps even more fulfilling is the pride that we must all take in the establishment, and nurturing of this unique Association of Maritime Administrations in Africa. “.
Speaking further, Osinbajo noted that the government had approved a new maritime security architecture and infrastructure to be jointly coordinated by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Ministry of Transportation and the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).
He also congratulated the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, for what he described as a ” great effort deployed to host this conference”.