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Nigeria will become maritime hub, says minister



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The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, has said that the Federal Government is committed to ensuring that Nigeria becomes a major destination for global maritime players.

A statement quoted Sambo to have said this at an event in preparation for the visit of the Secretary General of International Maritime Organisation, Kitack Lim, for the Nigeria International Maritime Summit.

Lim is scheduled to visit the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 20th – 22nd 2022.

During his visit, Kim will attend the Nigeria International Maritime Summit 2022 where regional policies and operational perspectives to decarbonisation and greenhouse gas emissions in shipping will be the focus.

The Federal Ministry of Transportation and its agencies, in collaboration with the organised maritime private sector under the auspices of Nigeria International Maritime Summit, are hosting the event.

On his part, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, said Lim’s visit, which is the first by an IMO Secretary General to Nigeria in over 15 years, was a testament to the renewed confidence of the international maritime community in Nigeria.

“We are glad that after fifteen years, an IMO Secretary General will be visiting Nigeria. Our desire is to continue in this stead until we attain a status of not just the hub of maritime activities in the region, but a major player in the global scene,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer, NIMS, Dr Emeka Akabogu, noted that the summit would provide a platform for practical issues in operations and regulations impacting decarbonisation in shipping in the west and central African region, noting critical issues would be highlighted as catalysts for igniting the blue economy in the region.

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