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NIMASA, Delta to develop maritime potential

By Nneka Nwogwugwu

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has said that his administration will partner Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to develop the state’s maritime potential.

Okowa said this when the Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, and his management team paid him a courtesy at Government House, Asaba.

The governor said, “I appreciate the effort of NIMASA in the establishment of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko.

“The school should be developed to international standards, because of its uniqueness and for it to produce adequate manpower needed in the maritime sector.

“Indeed, the coming of the university gave birth to peace in the Niger Delta and we must appreciate NIMASA for its contribution.

“I am glad that a lot is being done by NIMASA, particularly in Delta State, and we will continue to appreciate it so that you can continue to do more.

“I am aware that we have been having issues with the ship repairs and building project and we will be happy to see this industry established to complement the university.

“We are aware that a lot of scholarship has been given to Delta indigenes and I must register our appreciation to NIMASA”.

The governor also called for the opening up of the nation’s ports because of their importance in economic development and job creation.

“A well developed maritime business has the tendency to address major challenges in the nation’s economy.

“Attention has for long been given to crude oil exploration and exploitation thus neglecting gas which has both long and short term gains to any nation that has it as a natural resource.

“Maritime industry is obviously very important to us as a nation and we can generate a lot of revenue from it.

” It is my prayer that you will be able to get the much-needed support to develop the industry,” he said.

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