…STOAN pledges support to harness sector
THE Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, yesterday, continued his inter-agency engagement by receiving briefings from the heads of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council.
After listening to their submissions, he promised to look into some of the issues impeding their smooth operations with relevant agencies of the government.
The Minister also reiterated the need for effective collaboration among agencies within the Ministry so as to realise the vision of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration for the sector.
In attendance at the meeting was the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shipper’s Council, Emmanuel Jime and Managing Director, NIWA, Chief George Moghalu.
Others are Permanent Secretary of the Ministry , Mrs. Magladene Ajani, Cajetan Agu from the Council.
In a related development, the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) has promised to fully support the Minister’s effort to harness the potentials of the maritime sector.
The Chairman of STOAN, Princess Vicky Haastrup, made this known in a statement issued by the association. She said Oyetola’s pedigree in the private sector and in public service stands him in good stead to lead the efforts of harnessing Nigeria’s blue economy.
“We are particularly happy with the appointment of His Excellency, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola as the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy. Given his rich pedigree in governance and public service, hard work and unflinching commitment to excellence, we are confident that he will reposition the Nigerian maritime industry for optimum performance,” she said.
According to the STOAN Chairman, the maritime industry has the potential of earning more than a trillion dollars annually for the country, as well as support the Federal Government’s economic diversification agenda and create thousands of jobs for Nigerians.
“Marine activities include navigation, nautical, naval and maritime services while Blue Economy refers to all the economic activities related to oceans, seas, and other bodies of water.
“The new Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy has come on stream to take charge of the overall contribution of the seas, oceans and inland waterways to the Nigerian economy; regulating the environmental and ecological sustainability of the oceans; and harnessing Nigeria’s ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and job creation while preserving the health of the oceans’ ecosystem.
“The major components of Marine and Blue Economy include shipping/maritime transport, port operation, coastal tourism, fishing and aquaculture, renewable energy, water desalination, undersea cabling, seabed extractive industries, deep sea mining, marine genetic resources and biotechnology.
“So the new Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy has a very broad spectrum and the opportunities are huge.
“We thank His Excellency President Bola Tinubu for acceding to the requests of maritime operators who have made the case for a Ministry fully dedicated to the sector. The appointment of His Excellency Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola also gives us confidence that the President wants accelerated development of the sector.
“In line with the President’s vision, we assure the Federal Government and the Honourable Minister of our full support and unflinching commitment. All port terminal operators are on the same page with the Federal Government with regards to accelerating the development of the sector to enable it make more significant contribution to the nation’s economy,” the statement read.