The Director-General, Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency, (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh has said the maritime industry, if well harnessed, could generate $90 trillion for the country.
The D-G, who stated this yesterday,when he led top management of the agency on a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, also said it could help the country diversify and ends its reliance on oil.
Jamoh also tipped Lagos State as the best in maritime safety in the country.
He emphasised that in spite of high rate of insecurity in the maritime sector in the country, Lagos remains the only state that has the highest maritime security.
While identifying area of partnerships between the State government and NIMASA, the DG said the extinction of the fishing industry is due to insecurity on the waterways, adding that the agency is ready to partner with Lagos State to ensure safety on the waterways.
Other areas of partnerships are the ferry services, waste management on the sea, and the extension and development of the shipping industry.
Jamoh added the Blue Economy, which is the use of the ocean for economic growth, will increase livelihood and ” enhance the well being of our people.
In his response, the State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the State is responsible for over 70 percent maritime activities, saying, “it’s important we work collaboratively”.