Nigerian Ports Authority, Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman has reiterated the agencies commitment in tackling major hindrances to the development of maritime industry in the country, calling on maritime administrators to collaborate and synergize in order to tackle the problems.
She made the commitment while delivering her goodwill message at the 2018 edition of the World Maritime Day in Lagos.According to her the theme for the year: “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future,” itself speaks to the responsibility that we all owe this and future generations towards enduring that the IMO successes in the all-important task of making maritime operations safe and efficient in the overall interest of us all.
Hadiza stressed the need for the various maritime administrators to work at harnessing the human capacity to ensure efficient maritime transportation and security in the country.
She said “My expectation is that this event and several others that will be put together in commemoration of this epoch should afford us the opportunity to cast our minds back to where we started from and project into the future with a view tackling the challenges that the maritime transportation faces in our country and ultimately position the sector for sustainable economic growth’
‘’For us at the NPA, we are committed to exploring all opportunities, including collaborations with sister agencies, international organisations and private sector participants towards leaving the Nigerian maritime better and sustainably more efficient than we met it. It is a commitment that I hope we can all commit ourselves’’ she stated.
She said that this year’s edition is of particular significance in that it marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the IMO , which gives us the opportunity to review the accomplishments of this United Nations agency towards the promotion of safe, secure, environment friendly, efficient and sustainable shipping operations around the world.
She congratulated the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and stakeholders in the country’s maritime sector on the occasion of the 2018 edition of the World Maritime Day.
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