17th June, 2010
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has admitted Nigeria as the 14th Lead Partnership Country, LPC, in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) known asÂ Globallast Partnership Project.
Minister of Transport, Alhaji Yussuf Suleiman disclosed this at the regional training and workshop on legal implementation of the ballast water management organised by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety AgencyÂ (NIMASA) at Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria recently.
Represented by Mr Ishaku Shekarau, Executive Director of NIMASA, the Minister said that over the past two decades, ballast water has been increasingly recognised as one of the major vectors for the introduction of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens into aquatic environment and it is known to be one of the greatest threats to the marine environment,
He therefore stressed the need for responsibility so as to ensure that issues on ballast water management are of top priority, both at the national and regional level..
The Director General ofÂ NIMASA, Mr Temisan Omatseye, who organised of the three-day seminar and training thanked the distinguished technical experts from the IMO, Mr Fredrick Hagg, Mr Zafrul Alam Sinapore, Dr Jacques Abe of the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystems Project from Ghana and Mr Chidi Ilogu, a local resource person.
Omatseye stated that the convention will enter into force 12 months after ratification by 30 states, representing 35 per cent of World Merchant Shipping tonnage.
The training, which he said will avail all maritime administrations the implementation strategies both at the national and regional level, he concluded.