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Climate Change: How NIMASA is fighting scourge- Peterside

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that in a bid to fight the menace of climate change, the agency has come up with various strategies, including implementation of the MARPOL Annex VI, as well as the regulation of bunker fuels of vessels calling at the ports to check the level of Sulphur emission fuels and other related gases of concern with which the engines might be running.
This is just as he stressed the need for collaborative efforts to tackle the scourge of climate change and raised the raised alarm that Nigeria is one of the countries expected to be most affected by the impact of climate change through sea level rise, coastal erosion, and storm surges.
He said the country has a coastline stretch of about 853km.
He stated this while speaking at an event on climate change, was organized by Senator Florence Ita-Giwa- led Cross Rivers State Calabar carnival award-winning Seagull Band in conjunction with NIMASA and Heritage Bank recently held at the Oriental Hotel, in Lagos.
The DG, who was represented at the event by the Agency’s Director of Marine Environment Management Department, Mrs. Sussana Asagwara said that climate change is now a serious global concern; and cited the recent Hurricane Harvey and Irma ravaging some parts of the United States as one of the effects.
“Climate change presents a serious cause for concern to humankind. The frightening phenomenon has completely altered the atmospheric composition of the earth leading to an intense warming of the globe. It has continued to pose an unquantifiable threat to human social, political and economic development. Of great devastating effects is the unprecedented destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in Texas and Florida respectively.” The DG said.
The NIMASA DG also added that the global effects of climate change had challenged every country across the globe to scamper for mitigating factors.
According to him,“Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as it is now evident in over 193 countries including Nigeria. These countries are no longer standing aloof; they are taking heed to tame this monster. On a global scale, climate change is having profound impact on ocean warming, decrease in polar ice and glacier, increase in extreme storm events and their intensity, sea level rise and coastal flooding all of which severely affect lives in many regions of the world.”
Dakuku pointed out that the maritime, which is international in nature, depends on a global regulatory framework to operate efficiently; pointing out that shipping is the most environmentally sound mode of cargo transportation and a modest contributor to overall greenhouse gases emission.
He stated that in the face of this global challenge, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), which is the United Nation’s body saddled with the responsibility of formulating policies to regulate global maritime activities have joined worldwide efforts at addressing climate change through effective global regulatory framework and adoption of realistic workable solutions, such as the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI which specifically deals with Air pollution.

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