by Sani Idris
Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General (DG) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) urged the federal government to harness agriculture and solid minerals for the economic growth of the country.
Jamoh, made the call during the NIMASA Special Day at the ongoing 43rd Kaduna International Trade Fair.
The DG, represented by Mr. Francis Odukuye, the agency’s Deputy Director of Maritime Promotion, said there was optimism about the ability of these sectors to become major players in the economy.
“There is palpable optimism that the agriculture and solid minerals sector will be able to become a major player in the economy in the coming decades, with an added value equal to or even greater than that of oil and gas.
“Most importantly, they will serve as key drivers in the quest for sustainable economic growth and more inclusive development,” he said.
“The provision of infrastructure, skills development, availability of funds, cooperation from the host community and the provision of adequate infrastructure are necessary.
“The federal government must ensure that its policies focus on integrating inclusive growth and development into the strategic development of value addition in the mining and agricultural sector.
“The government also needs to put more emphasis on the process of developing the sector along its value chain to enhance economic diversification through effective backward and forward linkages with the rest of the economy,” did he declare.
Jamoh also called for support that will induce greater efficiency and efficient entrepreneurs and investors in converting the many opportunities for agricultural and mineral resource exploitation and related economic activities.
“The government should also explore ways of effective financing of assets critical to the development of the sectors.
“It should further collaborate with other players in the industries, which would help to minimize the various and significant political, economic, financial, technological and environmental risks and uncertainties that exist in the sector,” he said.
The DG said the agency was focused on trade facilitation which he said would ultimately boost economic growth, incomes and wealth creation.
He added that trade facilitation through maritime transport would also build capacity, generate employment opportunities and improve the standard of living of Nigerians.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mining and Agriculture (KADCCIMA), Alhaji Suleiman Aliyu, said that NIMASA plays a key role in facilitating trade between Nigeria and other countries around the world.
Aliyu, represented by Mr. Ishaya Idi, Board Member of KADCCIMA, congratulated the agency for its continued participation in the show. NOPE)