Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has assured stakeholders in maritime industry that the Federal Government is committed to building capacity in the transport sector especially the maritime sector.
Speaking at the 2nd Nigerian Maritime Technical Summit organised by the Association of Marine Engineers and Surveyors (AMES) with the theme, “Ship Operations in Nigeria: Policy, Technical, Financial Challenges and Solution,” held in Lagos recently, the minister said that the government is committed to creating policies that would enhance the growth of the entire transport sector.
Amaechi, who was represented by Dakuku Peterside, director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), described Marine Engineers and Surveyors as critical to the growth of the maritime sector, judging by the role they play, starting from ship building to ship management and maintenance.
Amaechi, who also noted that shipping stands on a tripod of funding, right policies and proper technical direction, said that the government is doing everything within its powers to ensure that the maritime industry thrives.
He disclosed that the government has taken a bold step to audit all agencies and parastatals under the transport sector in order to strengthen them to perform optimally.
The minister further disclosed that efforts are in top gear to resuscitate the national fleet, adding that a committee on national fleet is expected to submit its report and recommendations for the setting up of a national fleet.
While also informing the audience of the ongoing reforms in the maritime sector, Amaechi said that government has taken steps to develop the port master plan and has also mandated NIMASA to invest in manpower development that would raise successors for the experienced practitioners in the industry.
Earlier in his remarks, Charles Uwadia, President of AMES, said that he was moved by the enthusiasm of the President Buhari led government to revamp the maritime sector.
He pledged that marine engineers would continue to work with the government in order to ensure that the sector reaches its full potentials for the benefit of the economy.