The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside ,has identified government failure to institute requisite laws and policies which he said hinders the country to take advantage of the enormous potentials of the blue economy in Nigeria.
Dakuku, who was speaking at a one-day seminar on the role of journalists in promoting Blue Sea Economy organized by the agency at Lekki, Lagos on Tuesday, remarked that lack of the exploitation of the potentials of the country’s abundant maritime resources was also compounded by the sheer lack of ignorance of the people about the issue.
The problem, the DG NIMASA further explained, was exacerbated by lack of investments in the potentials inherent in blue economy.
Reacting to the paper presentation by Sam Omatseye, the Chairman, Editorial Board of The Nation Newspapers, Dakuku, however called on the maritime media to engage in the enlightenment of the people over the enormous opportunities embedded in the blue economy.
He stated that Nigeria is well endowed in maritime resources but regretted that the country has failed to exploit these benefits to her advantage.
‘’Nigeria is well endowed in maritime resources. We are one of the most endowed nations in the global maritime community but lack of enabling environment, dearth of knowledge and non-existent investment to develop these potentials have rubbed us off its benefits.
‘’I however call on the media to educate the public on this issue and NIMASA is willing to form a synergy with the media to achieve this’’, NIMASA DG declared.
The blue economy has to do with the structured policy of identifying a nation’s endowments in the seas, harnessing and exploiting them with legitimate institutional framework.