Mr. Dasuki Ibrahim Arabi, the Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, BSPR, said that Nigeria, as a coastal nation blessed with abundant maritime resources, is strategically positioned to harness the potential of the blue economy.
He disclosed this during the June edition of the Bureau’s Lunch-Time Seminar Series, themed: “Banking on Blue Economy for Nigeria’s Economic Development”.
Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, was the guest speaker of the reform seminar.
According to Arabi, the concept of the blue economy goes beyond traditional maritime activities; it encompasses a holistic approach that balances economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusivity.
He said: “Our coastline stretches over thousands of kilometers, providing access to diverse marine ecosystems, fisheries, aquaculture, shipping routes, offshore oil and gas reserves, renewable energy sources, and untapped mineral resources. Leveraging these resources in a sustainable and inclusive manner is essential for the economic prosperity of our nation”.
In his lecture, Jamoh, said that by exploring innovative strategies and policies, Nigeria can maximize the economic benefits derived from its maritime resources, while preserving the delicate balance of her ecosystems and uplifting the lives of citizens.
He said: “The blue economy, encompassing the sustainable use of marine resources and the preservation of our marine environment, holds significant promise for unlocking vast opportunities that lie beneath our waves”.
Aliyu Umar Aliyu,
Acting Head, Strategic Communications, BPSR.