Nigeria critical to global economy, says IMO Sec-Gen, Kitack

  • Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh (left), Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation, Mr. Kitack Lim, and the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, at the Meet and Greet reception in honour Kitack in Lagos during his maiden visit to Nigeria…Sunday

 By Anthony Nwachukwu

Nigeria, blessed with huge potentials, including of natural resources and especially, “very nice people,” is a very important country not only to Africa but also the global economy, the Secretary-General, International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim, has said.

Kitack, who arrived Lagos Sunday evening ahead an international maritime summit, said during a meet-and-greet reception in his honour by maritime stakeholders, “As far as I am concerned, Nigeria is one of the most important countries not only for Africa but in the global economy.

“The country is blessed with huge potentials, huge natural resources, and above all very nice people. I have had pleasant experience from my interactions with Nigerians at the IMO, and I am excited to be here.”

He disclosed that it was his maiden visit to the country and thanked the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, his team from the ministry, the Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, and other industry stakeholders for the invite.

Kitack, who is from South Korea, expressed hope for more cooperation between both countries, stating that Koreans consider Nigeria a dream land.

Among the industry stakeholders partnering NIMASA in the Deep Blue Project operational engagement session scheduled as part of the activities of Kitack’s visit is the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Ship Management Limited.

Kitack Lim is also expected to have a first-hand experience of some operational activities at NIMASA, which is Nigeria’ focal agency liaising with the IMO under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Transportation.

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