The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has expressed willingness to partner with the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to refloat a National Shipping Line.
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Director General of NIMASA, who made this known when he played host to the Director General of the BPE, Mr. Alex Okoh at the headquarters of the Agency in Lagos, stated that shipping to an extent defines the growth trajectory of any nation especially as it relates to seaborne commerce.
Peterside noted that the greatest asset in the maritime space is the vessel itself adding that if there are no vessels, one cannot be a major player.
“You can only be a major player in name, but in reality you will not get maximum benefit from trade”, he said.
He disclosed that the only way to guarantee the efficiency and effectiveness of shipping, which he said would add value to the economy, is through the involvement of the private sector.
The NIMASA DG noted that the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi has initiated a process whereby people from the private sector will pull resources together to float a National Fleet, facilitated by the Ministry of Transportation and NIMASA, adding that the process which will enhance the Nigerian Flag is ongoing.
Furthermore, he stated that the Ministry appointed a National Fleet Implementation Committee, headed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barrister Hassan Bello, who is also working closely to with the Agency.
Earlier in his address, Okoh, who commended the strides of the Dr. Peterside’s led Management of NIMASA in repositioning the maritime sector, said that BPE is the Agency of government that is responsible for sector reforms and enterprise reforms of the Federal Government.
He emphasised that businesses are better managed by the private sector and that government has very little to do in business apart from creating an enabling environment for businesses to strive.
Accordingly, he stated that the BPE will be willing to partner NIMASA in the quest to revive the National Unity Line in collaboration with the private sector.
In another development, has urged Nigerian men to ensure frequent screening for Prostate Cancer.
Peterside, who made this call, stressed that early detection is key in tackling fatalities from this blight.
He made this known recently at a novelty football match organized by the Agency to commence an awareness campaign against prostate cancer at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
This was to commemorate this year’s World Cancer Day.
Speaking shortly before the event started, the NIMASA DG noted that the Agency had decided to key into the persistent goal of modern medicine to defeat the fear of seeing cancer as death sentence and encourage male staff and Nigerian men in general to take the advice of early detection seriously, considering the fact that prostate cancer could be silent killer in men.
“The aim of this exercise is to arm ourselves with the weapon to guarantee us a better chance of fighting cancer.”
He further said that it was for that reason that on the occasion of the World Cancer Day, the management of the agency approved the collaboration of their health services unit to partner with clinics, laboratories, to screen interested staff for prostate cancer and to protect them from such fatalities through early detection.
While noting that the Agency’s health advocacy is part of NIMASA Corporate Social Responsibility actions, Peterside announced free examination for prostate cancer for volunteers who were willing to be screened even if they aren’t at risk. The agency also offered to give out referral papers to interested volunteers.
“Our mission is to ensure NIMASA staff and Nigerians in general are aware that with adequate education and early detection, this generation can conquer prostate cancer. NIMASA is on a mission to make sure it reduces the fight of menace of prostate cancer to finish with early detection,” Dr. Peterside said.
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