16th May, 2011
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has restated its commitment to implementing the provisions of the International Maritime Organisationâ€™s (IMO) Marine Pollution (MARPLO) 73/78 Convention as it relates to the management of the nationâ€™s marine environment.
NIMASAâ€™s Director General, Mr. Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi stated this when he led the agencyâ€™s management on a facility tour of the operations of the African Circle Pollution Management Limited located at the Free Zone Enterprise on the Snake Island in Lagos.
Akpobolokemi’s visit to the African Circle was part of efforts to ensure that the provisions of the IMO MARPOL 1973/78 Conventions as relates to adequacy of port reception facilities in the country are complied with.
The NIMASA Director General disclosed that the agency will suppport public-private partnership model to facilitate effective management of ship generated waste within the Nigerian marine and coastal environment, adding that a roadmap on marine waste management in Nigeria will soon be made public.
He said that the regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Nigerian laws were taken into consideration in arriving at the road map structured to provide the ideal platform to grow the business of Managing Waste generated in the Nigerian maritime environment.
While commending the management of African Circle for the Lagos operations which he described as the best in West Africa, Akpobolokemi advised them to work at improving operations in Port Hacourt, Calabar, Warri and Onne Ports.
He noted that investment in waste management in the Nigerian marine environment will not only improve the countryâ€™s rating in the global maritime industry, but also have a multiplier effect of employment generation in Nigeria amongst others.