The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has encouraged Nigerians residing abroad to invest in the country’s maritime sector.
The director-general of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh highlighted the enormous potential of the ‘blue economy’ during the closing ceremony of the Global African Diaspora Symposium. Jamoh emphasised that the maritime sector is the untapped gold of the country and the “next big thing” to drive economic growth.
In her response, the director-general of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDC), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa thanked NIMASA for its support and urged participants interested in the maritime industry to reach out to the agency for clarification.
The director of special duties at NIMASA, Mr. Isichie Osamgbi echoed the sentiment and encouraged Nigerians to invest in the country’s maritime sector. “An investment in the maritime sector in Nigeria is considered well-invested funds,” he advised.
NIMASA’s call to invest in the maritime industry comes as Nigeria seeks to diversify its economy and decrease its dependence on oil revenue. Investing in the blue economy has the potential to create jobs and increase economic growth for the country.