Stakeholders in the Nigerian Maritime sector recently gathered to authenticate and actualize the International Maritime Organisation’s National Maritime Transport Policy Document.
The NMTP is a statement of principles and objectives to guide decisions in the maritime transport sector with a view to achieving the maritime vision and ensuring that the sector is governed in an efficient, sustainable, safe and environmentally sound manner.
Part of the programme to enhance the effectiveness of the Nigerian maritime sector is a training package consisting of a three-day workshop for personnel involved in the preparation of NMTPs and a one-day seminar for senior transport officials involved in the review and adoption process of NMTPs.
The training package has dual objectives; first, to provide a standard of knowledge and skills to all participants, so as to enable them to understand the major elements incorporated into a maritime transport policy and its foundations, and second, to ensure proper understanding of the obligations of states and their implications, when formulating maritime policy and legislation, on the basis of international maritime treaties.
The package explores and encourages discussion on the priorities and challenges in formulating and developing maritime transport policy at national level and discusses the information base and readiness essential to developing and implementing such a policy also focusing on meeting global and regional standards.
Present at the Nigerian Maritime Policy summit which took place in Lagos were; the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Miss Hadiza Bala Usman, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani, Member, House of Representatives, Hon Lynda Ikpeazu, Chief Executive Officer, National Inland Waterways Authority, George Moghalu and others.
L-R: The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, Senator Ibrahiim Yahaya Oloriegbe, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Member, House of Representative, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu, Chief Executive Officer, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), George Moghalu during the occasion.