The growing demand on the challenging effects on climate change has again attract the attention of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety (MIMASA) on its effects on poverty and the continuous effect on Green House Gas Emission to stakeholders in the environmental sector with the understanding to seek bottom up approach in tacking its menace;Bringing together the Nigeria maritime Administration and Safety (NIMASA) and the Federal ministry of environment to create a synergy in this direction with the objective of assisting the nation to effectively address climate challenges essentially in maritime sector.
The Director-General, NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside, who disclosed this at the stakeholder’s forum on MARPOL Annex VI and other emerging issues on climate change in Nigerian maritime sector, in Lagos, said: “If you want address poverty in a sustainable manner, you cannot ignore the oceans. And if you must explore the seas and oceans in a sustainable manner, green house gas emission must be taken seriously,”
MARPOL Annex VI pact of the International Maritime Organisation is a regulation for prevention of air pollution from ships. Peterside enjoined the ship owners to take a cue from the global maritime industry and adopt quality and clean fuel initiative in line with the IMO sulphur content specification of 0.5mm by 2020.
He said the agency is currently collaborating with the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (Nimet) and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in establishing climate observatories along Nigerian coastlines, and through this collaboration stations have been established at the NIMASA Search and Rescue centre and OAU Ile Ife.
He said NIMASA is also working with the World Bank to identify climate change impacted coastal areas of Nigeria for possible assistance in developing Climate Change Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) on Proposed Projects on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Nigerian maritime and geological formation.
Nigeria is currently committed to reduction of Green House Gas Emission unconditionally by 20 per cent and conditionally by 45 percent. The Executive Director (Operations), NIMASA, Rotimi Fashakin, said NIMASA is leading Nigeria’s maritime operators to the full compliance with the green house gas emission reduction.
Researcher of Climatology, Department of Geology, University of Lagos, Emmanuel Oladipo, lauded the agency for taking the issue of global warming seriously, urging it to come up with an action plan that would help the nation in its quest to reducing green house gas emission.