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Nigeria Will Be The Hub Of Maritime Activities In Africa- Peterside

Posted: Mar 24, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Andrew Utulu, Lagos

The newly appointed Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has reiterated the agency’s commitment to ensuring that Nigeria becomes the hub of maritime activities in Africa.

He stated this when he officially took over from the former acting Director General, Mr. Haruna Baba Jauro, at the headquarters of the agency in Lagos yesterday.

Peterside who observed that the agency has competent personnel to drive the mandate of the agency, also called on Mr. Baba Jauro to always avail the agency of his experience and expertise whenever the need arises.

“We will harness the vast potentials available in the agency in order to make Nigeria a maritime hub in the West and Central Africa sub-region by implementing all international laws and conventions, increased enforcement of our mandate and build the necessary capacity for indigenous operators leveraging on the Cabotage Act,” he stated.

He described Jauro as an ambassador of NIMASA to the Federal Government and called on him to continue to support the agency whenever his services are needed.

In his comments, Jauro expressed gratitude to God and the Federal Government for giving him the opportunity to serve the nation in the last three and half years and said that he is ready to work for the success of the present management.

While welcoming the new DG, Jauro enjoined him to look through the act that governs NIMASA as his compass, while also noting that the Cabotage Act should be reviewed with a view to impacting positively on the indigenous operators.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed Peterside as the Director General/CEO of NIMASA.

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 Labour Minister Woos UAE On Skills Export

Building on the recent successful visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the United Arab Emirate,. Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has urged the United Arab Emirate to activate the process of legal migration of skilled Nigerian middle level workers into their country under the International Labour Migration guidelines.

“ In consonance with the spirit of the relationship which exists between our two countries, and which President Muhammadu Buhari has further bolstered with his recent official visit to the United Arab Emirate and considering the series of agreements signed in the areas of trade, economic development, investment and industry as well as in legal cooperation among others, my ministry wishes to request that you activate the process of labour migration and employment into the UAE for skilled Nigerian  workers.”

Ngige spoke in Abuja during the condolence visit by the UAE’s ambassador to Nigeria, Mahmood Mohammed Almahmood, on the passing away of the late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, James Ocholi.

“ It is our desire to export skilled middle level workers, whether they are carpenters, bricklayers, tillers, painters etc. We want to export them officially under the International Labour Migration Organization guidelines just like we are trying to do with Qatar. No doubt, we have high skilled Nigerian professionals like engineers , medical doctors, nurses  and others already  in your country but we want to push people from the  middle cadre who have  blue collar skills. “

The Minister further reiterated the common commitment of Nigeria and the UAE to fighting global terrorism.

“We are together in condemning terrorist attacks all over the world, especially in Nigeria where Boko Haram has destabilised the entire North East zone of the country, displacing millions and causing job losses. We seek for the assistance of your country in rehabilitating the displaced and in reconstructing their communities.  “

In his remarks,  Mahmood Mohammed promised the cooperation of his country in the promotion of trade and other bilateral relations with Nigeria.