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NESG says blue economy is the future

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), has said that with quality leadership the maritime industry is capable of playing a leading role in reshaping the nation’s economy.

The Director-General, NESG, ’Laoye Jaiyeola, said this in his presentation on providing leadership in uncertain times during the Senior Management Strategic Management Session 2022, of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). 

Jaiyeola enjoined the Agency’s management to move with the trend to meet modern day realities in ensuring the Nigerian maritime sector is in tandem with its counterpart in other climes.

“With the global uncertainty due largely to the Ukraine-Russian war and adapting to the new normal brought unto humanity by COVID-19 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.

With the global uncertainty due largely to the Ukraine-Russian war and adapting to the new normal brought unto humanity by COVID-19 which has led to weakening global stability, Blue Economy is the future.

Speaking during the opening of the session, the Director-General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the 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 industry.

Jamoh disclosed that 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 for investors, while we keep building the capacity of our people to make them compete favourably with their counterparts in the comity of maritime nations.”

Jamoh 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 comprising short, medium and long-term clearly stated goals aimed at enhancing the performance of the Agency.

In efforts to review performance and strategize to achieve its mandate, the 3-day Management Strategic Session was organised.

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