Minister Emphasizes Urgent Need for Infrastructure Development in Maritime Sector

The Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, representing the Federal Government, has articulated its commitment to elevating Nigeria’s global port standing within the maritime sector. During the inauguration of the Mission to Seafarers (MTS) center in Lagos earlier this week, Adegboyega Oyetola, the Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, expressed the government’s dedication to this goal. He emphasized the significance of global competitiveness in the present landscape, emphasizing the need for nations to take deliberate actions to enhance their port competitiveness.

Oyetola also noted that President Bola Tinubu’s policy agenda prioritizes the improvement of Nigeria’s trade balance, a crucial element for reinforcing the Naira’s value and creating job opportunities. Recognizing the vital role played by the maritime sector in achieving this objective, Oyetola affirmed the Ministry’s commitment to equipping seafarers and all maritime workers with the necessary resources to address and overcome work-related challenges.

He commented, “This initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to maximize the inherent advantages offered by our maritime resources. The renovation of this MTS facility will undeniably elevate Nigeria’s stature within the global maritime community.”

Oyetola also expressed his delight regarding the commissioning of the Seafarers’ Center by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). He saw this purpose-built facility as a significant step in providing crucial social, psychological, and emotional support to the sailors responsible for international trade in and out of Nigeria. He saw it as a clear indication of President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s commitment to improving the maritime sector for the greater benefit of the national economy.

Additionally, Mohammed Bello-Koko, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Ports Authority, highlighted the importance of seafarers in the global community, citing the fact that over 90% of global trade, contributing to half of the world’s economic output, relies on maritime transportation. This sector serves as a pivotal economic driver that promotes development and reduces poverty, benefiting both the maritime community and the global population.

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