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Nigeria Leads Sub-Regional Effort to Rectify Ballast Water Management Convention

Paul Ogbuokiri

18 June 2010

Lagos — Determined to ensure that there is effective control and management of Ships’ ballast water and sediments, to minimize the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in the waters of the West and Central African sub-region, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Tuesday opened a three day Regional Training and Workshop on The Legal Implementation of Ballast Water Management Convention.

The training workshop which was declared open by Mr. Fredrick Hagg, a representative of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, commenced on Tuesday in Lagos the commercial and maritime nerve -center of Nigeria.

In an opening speech the Nigerian’s Minister of Transport, Mr. Yusuf Sulieman who was represented by the Executive Director Maritime Safety and Shipping Development, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Mr Isiaku Shekarau, disclosed that Nigeria has been accepted as the 14th Lead Partnering Country, LPC, in the Global Environment Facility, GEF,-UNDP- IMO GloBallast Partnersip Project.

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  fred941 wrote @

Nigeria has been through a lot with the oil industry.. They really need to invest more of their profits in clean up R&D.

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