NIMASA Promise To Clean Up Nigerian Waters Of Marine Litters.
The management of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring a safe marine environment by tackling the menace of marine litters in the Nation’s territorial waters.
Speaking during the Stakeholders Forum on Marine Litter Management organised by the United Nations Environmental Programme Global Partnership Action (UNEP-GPA) and NIMASA held in Lagos recently, the Acting Director General of the Agency, Haruna Baba Jauro said safe marine environment by tackling the menace of marine litters in the Nation’s territorial waters is task that must be done.
The Acting DG was represented by a Director, Maritime Labour Services department of the agency, Mrs Juliana Gunwa said that marine litters have become a menace which must be tackled with all seriousness. He said that this is the reason NIMASA has partnered with UNEP-GPA a body of the United Nations to tackle the scourge.
The Agency boss said that the management of the marine environment remains a critical component of ensuring safe and secure shipping and that NIMASA will continue to implement relevant IMO instruments in line with the Agency’s mandate.
“We must ensure that our marine environment is pollution free, safe and secure for effective navigation” the Ag. DG said.
Also speaking at the event, the President of the Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON), Prof. Olaide Osinbajo said that he has observed that the major source of marine litters remains the land based source although shipping also contributes its own quota.
Prof however commended the Management of NIMASA for tackling the menace head on and advised that the Agency should seek to collaborate with other Federal and State Government Agencies in order to effectively deal with the scourge.
It would be recalled that NIMASA recently signed an agreement with UNEP-GPA under the co-ordination of Dr. Felicia Mogo, an Assistant Director in the Agency with the aim of developing a mechanism for the implementation of the National Action Plan on management of marine litters for Nigeria.