The Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’ azu Jaji Sambo has said that Nigeria is committed to achieving greener shipping in line with the campaign by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to attain sustainable development in the maritime industry.
This is coming on the heels of the 2022 celebration of World Maritime Day (WMD) across the globe.
Already, many member nations of the IMO, including Nigeria have line up several programmes and activities to commemorate the WMD 2022.
In a statement made available to Maritime Bits, Sambo was quoted saying that Nigeria would not be left behind in the global move towards greener shipping.
While commemorating the WMD, the minister stressed the need for stakeholders in the maritime sector to begin exploring ways to transition into a greener and more sustainable future.
On his part, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh noted that the theme for this year’s WMD celebration was in line with the agency’s mission of achieving cleaner oceans in developing shipping in Nigeria.
The statement which was signed by NIMASA Assistant Director, Public Relations, Mr. Edward Osagie, Jamoh pointed out that NIMASA is already working in line with the call by the IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim for developing countries to adopt green technology.
According to the IMO Secretary General, “The World Maritime Day theme 2022 “New technologies for greener shipping” – reflects the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind. The theme provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of sustainable maritime sector and the need to build back better and greener in a post pandemic world”.
“Nigeria, represented by NIMASA, as an active member state of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is involved in the processes of creating new international agreements and protocols to address environmental issues such as marine pollution, oil spills and emissions from the shipping industry.”
The theme of this year’s WMD was linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs 13 and 14 on climate action and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources; SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure; and SDG 17, which highlights the importance of partnerships and implementation to achieve these goals.