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Marine & Blue Economy Minister, Oyetola resumes, reveals vision for sector

Marine & Blue Economy Minister, Oyetola resumes, reveals vision for sector

 

Segun Oladipupo

 

Happy Diamond Age

…Minister received by Permanent Sec, Ajani, Jime, Moghalu, others into office.

 

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola has revealed that Blue Economy is estimated to be worth more than $1.5 trillion annually

The Minister who was sworn in today in Abuja, was received in his office by the Permanent Secretary, Magdalene Ajani, Managing Director of National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), George Moghalu, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hon. Emmanuel Jime and some Directors of the ministry.

The Minister who arrived his office by 2:15 pm in company of his wife, Kafayat, son, Femi and some of his aides, urged the ministry staff to work with him to find innovative solutions to the challenges in the sector and ensure that the oceans and Marine are safe, reliable and sustainable.

He noted that considering the size of the country’s Blue Economy, Nigeria should be a significant player in the sector to contribute to the country’s revenue and also provide jobs for the unemployed .

He promised to come up with practicable ways to ensure that the inland rivers and Waterways are utilised for cargo shipment and passenger transportation.

His words, “Our oceans cover more than two-thirds of our planet’s surface, holding the key to sustainable economic growth, environmental preservation, and technological innovation. As we look ahead, my vision is rooted in the responsible management and utilisation of our marine resources to benefit not only our economy but also the health of our planet.

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“Experts say the Blue Economy is estimated to be worth more than $1.5 trillion per year globally. Therefore, given our size as a country and considering the size of our blue economy, we should be a significant player in this sector, to contribute immensely to the revenue generation of our country and also provide jobs for the unemployed.

“We must come up with practicable ways of ensuring that our inland rivers, lakes, and waterways are well utilised, both in terms of cargo shipment and passenger transportation.

“This can be done by embarking on a holistic dredging campaign for most of our strategically important inland waterways to make them navigable for the passage of goods and people.”

The former governor of Osun state also said he would promote better inter-agency cooperation and coordination between the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, the Nigerian Ports Authority, and the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority.

“As someone with a strong private sector background, we shall promote greater private sector inclusion while fostering greater efficiency through specialisation and the effective delineation of core duties between the units.

“We must seize this opportunity to create positive change, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come. These are my thoughts as I join you today. I believe that when we are able to do all these and more, we would have contributed our quota towards realising Mr President’s renewed Hope Agenda in the Marine and Blue Economy sector.”

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