The 2020 World Maritime Day Celebration organized by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, has garnered lots of goodwill messages, amidst an influx of stakeholders in the Maritime and Transportation sector. Joining the event virtually from Abuja, was the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki.
In an opening remark, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, noted that the Maritime industry offers the most efficient and cost effective medium of international Trade. She noted that the Maritime industry offers food security, enables energy delivery and helps in the spread of Wealth. Dr Ajani said the Ministry of Transportation and its regulatory bodies, has already began the process of building a Sustainable Maritime sector. She added that the event was packaged with lots of resource persons to discuss at length, the process of further developing a sustainable Maritime Sector.
Declaring the event officially opened, the Special Guest of Honour and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire tagged the Maritime day as a strategic event, in attaining the Sustainable development goals. She noted that National and subnational government agencies should collaborate in implementing policies capable of boosting the blue economy. She urged that the Maritime sector should remain safe and secured, and should not become a threat to the environment.
Speaking from Abuja, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi thanked everyone who turned up for the 2020 World Maritime day Celebration, while noting that a meeting with the Vice President warranted his physical presence. Amaechi said the Maritime industry faces security challenges and called on the stakeholders in the Maritime industry to rise to the responsibilities, especially in the establishment of the Secured Anchorage Areas.
The Lagos State Governor while welcoming the guests of the event to Lagos, thanked the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for choosing Lagos for the 2020 World’s Maritime Day Celebration. The Governor said the Maritime industry plays a role in improving the living standard of the people, while noting that the Sustainable Maritime sector is necessary to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Lagos State Governor further thanked the Federal Government and agencies of the Ministry of Transportation, for the plans to move cargoes to Onitsha by barges, which according to him, will reduce congestion and accidents.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman Senate committee on maritime, Senator Danjuma Goje, applauded the Ministry of Transportation for putting up an event like this at a time countries were working to revive their economies. Senator Goje said the 9th Senate is aware of the role of shipping in the nation, and pledged legislative support to the industry.
Also speaking, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Maritime, Safety and Education, Hon. Linda Ikpeazu, said it’s time to match dialogue with action. She commended the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Police and NIMASA, for working tirelessly to ensure the safety of the Nigerian waterways.