To develop its maritime industry, Nigeria is to partner Norway. Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Director-General Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said.
Speaking when the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Rolf Ree, visited him, he said vertical and horizontal partnerships were required to grow the Nigerian maritime sector.
Peterside described Norway as a great maritime nation, which has earned global acclaim as a complete maritime cluster driven by technological development.
He reiterated NIMASA’s resolve to ensure safety and security on the waterways, noting that these will 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,” he said.
The NIMASA boss said the agency has 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.
Ambassador Ree described the Nigerian maritime sector as very impressive and noted that the Norwegian Government was willing to collaborate with NIMASA for the development of the maritime sector in many areas, including enhancing the Nigerian flag.
He expressed Norway’s readiness to provide infrastructural and technical support to NIMASA in the country’s quest to assert itself as a major player in Africa.
Since he assumed office about two months ago, Peterside has sought collaboration from local and international stakeholders with a view to engendering a sustainable development of the maritime sector for Nigeria’s economic prosperity.