The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has stated that the maritime industry is ready to take over from oil as the leading revenue earner in the country and has called on stakeholders to seek opportunities.

"the ocean is a resource a country can leverage on to grow its economy and blessed with a coastline of about 853km and 250 nautical mile Exclusive Economic zone, we must begin to take advantage of the maritime opportunities available to us to grow our economy," he told journalists at the Agency's headquarters in Lagos this week.

Speaking to another group of journalists last week, Dr Peterside called on maritime stakeholders to become involved in the port reform agenda and to work towards greater efficiencies.

The Director General said there is the need to harness a synergy of ideas from all stakeholders towards ensuring a very user friendly port system that will be a model in the sub-region. He added that the need for seamless transaction at the ports cannot be over emphasized.

A conference, Making Nigerian Sea Ports World Class, is scheduled to take place at the end of March in Lagos.

He asserted that the proposed conference would help reposition the Maritime Sector for the realization of the change Agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari led Administration.

The Port Reform Conference is intended to bring together all agencies connected with Port Administration to create a seamless business environment through an acceptable template with defined timelines.

The conference is billed to hold on March 30, 2017 at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, with the theme “Making Nigerian Sea Ports World Class."

Source: Maritime Review Africa