The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi has affirmed that the dictates of and total adherence to Maritime Safety and Security imperatives in the nation are critical ingredients of both industry and national growth.
He said this on the occasion of the World Maritime day celebration held in Lagos; while assuring stakeholders in sub-sector of government’s co-operation in all concerted efforts towards the safety and security of the national waterways.
The event, with the theme: “Connecting Ships, Ports and People,” the minister stated that it is a wakeup call; and that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the maritime sub-sector is effectively prepared to attract foreign direct investment, (FDIS), which in turn would impact positively on the growth of the nation’s economy and an increase standard of living of the people.
The minister told stakeholders that government is in collaboration with professional concerning the safety of the country’s waterways; adding that the action is in line with best practice with technology transfer and mentorship being the variable accruable to the nation in the long- run when Nigerians would be well- trained on the subject.
On the intermodal system of transportation, he stated that plans have reached advanced stage for the use of rail in the evacuation of cargoes to commence. He pointed out that Government is interested in boosting activities in the sector in order to guarantee employment and empowerment of the teaming Youths who are leaders of tomorrow.
Similarly, Amaechi encouraged information sharing and synergy amongst key players in the industry. This, he said, would create the enabling environment for maritime growth, which he considered to be in tandem with the tenets of the ease of doing business.