As part of measures to sustain development in the maritime sector, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) are making strategic plans to partner with South Korea in the areas of technology transfer in ship building, manpower training and development, and sea safety strategies.
Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, while receiving the South Korean Consul-General to Nigeria, Lee Younghoan in his office in Lagos, described Korea as a great ship building nation, adding that there is need to strengthen the strategic partnership between Nigeria and the Republic of Korea in the maritime industry, “as the two countries stand to derive mutual benefits from such relationship”.
Boasting of a pool of qualified seafarers and other competent maritime personnel that can adequately serve the global maritime sector, Peterside appealed to the Consul-General on the need for qualified Nigerian seafarers to be placed onboard Far East Asian country’s vessels operating in the Nigerian maritime domain.
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Peterside reiterated the agency’s commitment to tackle the daunting menace of piracy and related forms of criminal activities at sea. He said Nigeria is poised to tackle the menace of piracy and has recorded great successes in the past three months, disclosing that the agency’s vision is to have safe and secure oceans with zero piracy activities in the next one year.
Assuring the DG of South Korean government’s readiness to support Nigeria, especially in the areas of safety and security, the Consul-General commended NIMASA for its efforts in fighting piracy activities, adding that there is need for more surveillance and security in safeguarding lives and property on the nation’s waterways.
Also, NIMASA and the Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) of Singapore have held a bilateral meeting to seek areas of collaboration between the two maritime regulators. The meeting was held on the sidelines of the Maritime Regulators Forum holding in Singapore which Dakuku Peterside is currently attending.
At the meeting, the NIMASA DG and his Singaporean counterpart at MPA, Andrew Tan, both pledged to collaborate for the benefit of both countries. Peterside urged Singaporean investors to take advantage of the reforms in Nigeria’s maritime sector to invest in the country, adding that Nigeria has huge maritime potentials which have remained untapped.