From Anthony Nwachukwu, Lagos
Poised to make the most of the nation’s potentials under its domain, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it is working with the judiciary and other arms of government to reposition the maritime industry by providing necessary updates on information and law in the sector.
The NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said that in initiating the seminar, the agency was mindful of the complex and time-sensitiveness of maritime issue and the requirements for prompt resolutions through pronouncements by superior courts of records.
Peterside spoke during the opening session of the 7th Strategic Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges, with the theme, “Towards effective admiralty in a blue economy,” jointly organised by NIMASA and the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) in Lagos.
According to him, “the scenario no doubt puts pressure not only on those entrusted with the responsibility of responding to the economic exigencies but also on judicial officers responsible for balancing important notions of justice, contract and the law.”
He further noted that the seminar, over the years, has served to sensitise the target judges on contemporary maritime law issues both within and outside the Nigerian jurisdiction, as shipping is a multi-jurisdictional enterprise.
According to him, NIMASA initiated the seminar for Judges of the Federal High Court (JFHC) bearing in mind the court’s exclusive jurisdiction on admiralty matters.
Earlier, the Director-General of NIALS, Prof. Deji Adekunle, assured of the institute’s continued collaboration with the agency, and to provide it with the necessary assistance to ensure a safe and secure maritime space.