By Stephen Ubanna
Indigenous Ship owners and their counterparts in other parts of African have given kudos to Dakuku
Peterside exhibited his wealth of experience which is rooted in the Nigerian Maritime sector, at the recent meeting of the Association in the North African country of Morocco when he stood up to speak during the Executive Council meeting as he received a standing ovation.
The NIMASA Director General, who could not hide his feelings said ” there is need for concerted efforts to be made by the various Maritime Administrations in Africa to compete favourably with their counterparts in other parts of the world”. He noted that the spread of the choice Executive members of the Associatio to cover the Central Africa, East Africa, West Africa, North Africa and South African sub regions including the land locked countries speaks volume.
Maritime watchers believe that it as to ”ensure that every region is well represented to avoid complaints of marginalisation or not being carried along in the formulation of Maritime policies for the Continent by any region .
At present, the Representatives of the Central African sub-region in the body are Cameroun and Cape Verde while Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana represent the West African sub-region. The East African Representatives are Tanzania and Comoros Island, Southern Africa has Mozambique and South Africa but North Africa has Egypt and Sudan to represent them in the Association. Uganda, according to AAMA sources, had been representing the land-locked countries to give them a voice in the African Maritime Administration Association.
Peterside, the AAMA , boss had reminded the Maritime Administrators at the Cassablanca, Morocco meeting about the primary aim of coming together which is to ”uphold the basic tenets of the African Maritime Transport Charter, AMTC, which was to” improve the Capacity, capability and performance of African Maritime Administrations and the Shipping sector”’. The Nigerian Maritime Administrator averred that that the coming into being of AAMA would go a long to” encourage the various African Maritime Administrations to pay attention on ”human resources development, technology and information sharing”.
This may have informed the
The AAMA Chairman was said to have enjoined his colleagues not to hesitate in making valuable contributions to the course of promoting AAMA as this will help to achieve the set objectives of the Association in the African Continent.
Given the enormous responsibility saddled on him as the Chairman of the nascent African Maritime Association, Peterside assured the African Maritime Administrators that they have no cause to worry. ” Let me assure you that we will not relent in our efforts to build a competitive and vibrant maritime and shipping sector that would give Africa a voice among the comity of other Maritime nations”, he said.
The NIMASA boss who is concerned on how to take the
He is optimistic that decisions reached at the AAMA meetings would go a long way in ”actualising the ATC charter. Recall that that the NIMASA boss was elected as the Chairman of the African Maritime Administration in its Conference in Nigeria in 2017. He was , however, re-elected in its 2018 Conference in in Egypt, North Africa.
Isiechi Osamgbi, the Agency Deputy Director in-charge of Public Relations disclosed that he was re-elected because of the ” visibility his leader ship has given AAMA both within and outside Africa” in the last two years. Give the pressure of work in the nation’s maritime sector which demands urgent attention, he may want to relinquish posion for anot country Maritime Administrator by the Maritime Administrators from the different African countries appear reluctant to let him go, fueling speculation that he may be re-elected for the third time if the Moroccan Maritime Administrator refuses to step in. as the host.
The third session of the AAMA’s EXCO meeting in the North African country this year was said to have focused on several issues that delved on how the Association will continue to drive the its ”vision, ambition and strategy for the development of African Maritime domain”.