COLLABORATION with various stakeholders across the globe is fundamental to unlocking the maritime opportunities in Nigeria, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside has said
Welcoming the Acting Chinese Consul General, Mr. Li Yong to his office in Lagos, Peterside explained that the cooperation among the Global South countries is the way to drive emerging economies to the height of development.
He commended the Chinese Government for its willingness to strengthen the Nigerian-China relationship “as evident in the major developmental projects across the country”.
Peterside urged the Chinese Government to extend the collaboration to the Nigerian maritime sector which according to him is critical to the growth of the African economy.
Peterside said: “the Nigerian maritime Sector holds the key to unlocking the opportunities of the sector in the whole of Africa because of our strategic location, population and volume of trade. Therefore if anyone wants to do business in Africa, Nigeria is the place of choice”.
A statement issued by NIMASA’s head of Public Relations, Hajia Lami Tumaka quoted Peterside as saying the Agency is willing to partner with the Chinese Maritime Administration in the areas of ship breaking and recycling, on-board training for cadets as well as technical support.
In his response, Mr. Li Yong wqs quoted as saying he is happy with the China-Nigerian relationship and that the Chinese Central Government is “willing to partner with Nigeria in the areas of technological advancement and information sharing”.
The Chinese envoy also expressed his government’s determination to support Nigeria in the fight against piracy and other criminal activities at sea.
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