Bashir Jamoh, the director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office.
The plan, according to him, was part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, and promoting Research and Development.
Jamoh made this known when he hosted Usman Hayatu Mazadu, the executive secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), at the head office of the Agency in Lagos.
He said that investment in research would play a major role in enabling the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potential.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development. Our goal is to establish the nexus in maximizing the use of available resources in the nation’s inland waterways and the deep blue waters within 28 states, spanning over 4000 kilometres of inland waters and over 200 nautical miles of ocean resources: with the coming of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy.
“Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product, while improving the well-being of our own economy,” he said.
Earlier, Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
While seeking cooperation with the Agency in possible areas, he expressed the readiness of KADSEMA to support the Agency in areas that may be deemed possible.