Photo by Globalpatriotnews: From right-“ The Managing Director National Inland Waterways Authority, Senator Olorunibe Mamora, The Director General NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, The Minister of State for Works, Engr. Mustapha Baba Shauri and the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation Mr. Sabiu Zakari at the 2018 World Maritime Day Celebration in Lagos on 16th October 2018”- Globalpatriotnews
The World Maritime Day 2018 was celebrated in Nigeria on Tuesday, 16th October 2018 to commemorate the 70th year celebration of the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The IMO is the international maritime regulatory body responsible for monitoring the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution of ships around the world. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Our Heritage: Better Shipping for a Better Future”.
According to Kitack Lim, the Secretary General of the IMO, this year’s celebration ‘’looks both at the past and into the years to come. It provides an opportunity to reflect and showcase how the IMO has developed and adapted while staying true to its overall mission, which is to promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping.”
Nigeria’s 2018 celebration of the World Maritime’s Day focused on security challenges within its territorial waters and the development of the country’s maritime industry. The Secretary General of the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control, Mrs. Mfon Ekong Usoro, delivered a goodwill message during the occasion, where she stated that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency needs to develop and implement domestic regulations to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from ships which call at the nation’s ports. She explained that such regulations would reduce Nigeria’s contributions to global warming and curb the impact of climate change.
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