Sambo calls for sustainable financing model to build maritime assets

Sustainable financing models are important to build critical maritime assets such as shipyards and ports across the country, the Minister of Transportation, Mu'azu Jaji Sambo, has said.

Sambo who disclosed this at the 2022 edition of the Nigeria International Maritime Summit (NIMS 2022) on Monday said the agenda of NIMS captures important questions, opportunities and challenges associated with the nation’s quest for achieving a sustainable approach to harnessing the blue economy in Nigeria.

The minister stated that  finance is a critical driver for unlocking the potential of the blue economy in Africa and in particular Nigeria, adding that Nigeria’s commitment to the sustainability of the blue economy is demonstrated by the adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

To this end, he stated that an Expanded Committee on Sustainable Blue Economy in Nigeria (ECSBEN) under the leadership of no less a person than the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is driving the implementation process and to perfect the agenda for a national strategy.

“This is in addition to the identification of regional and cross-border partnerships necessary for the implementation of the blue economy plan, the relevant sectors, actors and linkages, and the development of a national action plan with an implementation strategy for the Nigerian blue economy.

“At this juncture, it is my pleasure to inform His Excellency, the Secretary-General, of the International Maritime Organization of our impressive landmark achievement in the area of anti-piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

“Since the commissioning of the Deep Blue project by our President in June 2021, now over a year ago, not a single incident of piracy has been recorded in our maritime domain,” he added.

The Secretary General, IMO, Mr Kitack Lim in his own speech said he's aware of Nigeria’s significance to the maritime sector of West and Central Africa.

Lim pointed out that carbonisation is the greatest challenge of this age which IMO is working to address. 

According to him,  upgrading strategies shall be concluded in July 2023, adding that by next year, IMO shall adopt the long time strategy.

However, Lim promised that prior to that time, IMO shall continue to support member countries.

He commended the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Navy over the suppression of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea but cautioned that stakeholders must continue to remain vigilant as continuous capacity building is key to success in this regard.

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