In line with the International Maritime Organization’s determination to achieve sustainable development in the maritime industry, the Federal Government of Nigeria has stated its commitment to greener shipping.
According to Osagie Edward, Assistant Director, Public Relations, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, said this as the country joined IMO to commemorate the 2022 World Maritime Day.
Sambo also stated that Nigeria would not be left behind in the global shift toward greener shipping, while also emphasizing the importance of stakeholders in the maritime sector beginning to explore ways to transition into a greener and more sustainable future.
Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director-General of NIMASA, stated that the theme for this year’s World Maritime Day celebration is consistent with the agency’s mission of achieving cleaner oceans while developing shipping in Nigeria.
He also stated that NIMASA is already working in accordance with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s call for developing countries to adopt green technology.
“The World Maritime Day theme 2022 “New technologies for greener shipping,” according to the IMO Secretary General, “reflects the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind.” The theme allows for a discussion of the importance of a sustainable maritime sector and the need to rebuild better and greener in a post-pandemic world. As an active member of the IMO, Nigeria, represented by NIMASA, is involved in the process of developing new international agreements and protocols to address environmental issues such as marine pollution, oil spills, and emissions from the shipping industry.”
This year’s World Maritime Day theme is linked to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDGs 13 and 14 on climate action and sustainable use of oceans, seas, and marine resources; SDG 9 on the industry, innovation, and infrastructure; and SDG 17, which emphasizes the importance of partnerships and implementation in order to achieve these goals.