By Chinonye Anyatonwu
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has stated that climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world today as he calls for multi stakeholders cooperation to tackle climate change.
Jamoh stated this at the
World Maritime Day celebration that was held last week in Lagos, with the theme, “New Technologies For Greener Shipping”
According to Jamoh, he said the United Nations climate change is affecting every country on every continent, adding that the poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most. Half of the top ten and two out of the top three countries most affected by climate change in 2019 are in Africa.
He said that Nigeria strongly shares the sentiments expressed by many on the need for urgent action and welcomes the call for for multi stakeholders cooperation to tackle climate change and its impacts. Adding that the 2022 theme of the World Maritime Day which is “New Technologies for greener shipping” is a theme that provides an opportunity to promote partnerships in developing solutions to help speed up actions necessary to tackle climate change in the maritime sector.
Nigeria actively supports and promotes the need for world to move to a net zero carbon emission future, recognizing this will require effective leadership, institutional frameworks, global and regional cooperation, and significant investments in climate actions.
NIMASA DG said Nigeria plans to cut its Greenhouse Gas emissions intensity by 20 percent by 2030 and a further 45 percent reduction conditional on receiving climate finance, technology transfer and capacity building. He said as Nigeria’s agency responsible for regulating shipping, NIMASA has developed measures to protect the marine environment from impact of shipping activities.
According to him, these measures include taking steps to ensure ships comply with the IMO 0.5 percent sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships, delineating emission control and slow steaming areas in Nigeria’s ports and its approaches and establishing a National Technical Committee on Green House Gas emission reduction and decarbonization”.
He said Nigeria will adopt a National Action Plan in 2023 that will ensure that the National Technical Committee on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships will be strengthened and tasked to develop a clear and achievable plan.
Speaking further, he said there would also be provision of incentives and financial mechanisms to shipping companies, port operators and others in the maritime value chain to invest in new enterprise and innovative solutions.
The DG also disclose that, “NIMASA will act by mobilising and facilitating fiscal policies and financial mechanisms including donation initiatives to support energy efficiency and emission reduction initiatives focused on ships, port infrastructure, and other key areas.
He therefore assures that NIMASA will continue to play its role in the energy transition of shipping and will continue to push boundaries towards achieving our aspiration of a net zero carbon shipping by 2050.
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