Dakuku Peterside NIMASA pledges support for Presidential Amnesty Programme

Peterside said the reintegration was meant to achieve a safe and secured maritime industry and the economy as a whole.

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Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) boss. play

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) boss.

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has pledged support for the Presidential Amnesty Programme to ensure proper rehabilitation and reintegration of the ex-agitators in the Niger Delta Region.

The Head, Corporate Communications Team of NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka, said in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, made the pledge when the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Retired Brig.- Gen. Paul Boroh and his team paid a courtesy visit to the Head Office of the Agency in Lagos.

Peterside said the reintegration was meant to achieve a safe and secured maritime industry and the economy as a whole.

He said that NIMASA and the Amnesty Programme were strategic partners in ensuring lasting peace in the Niger Delta region.

The director-general said the Presidential Amnesty Programme and NIMASA were jointly in pursuit of maritime security within the Niger Delta belt, without which shipping activities could not thrive.

He said that the core mandate of both government bodies was to ensure that the young men and women, who were agitating, are rehabilitated into the society and reintegrated.

“This is a way of ensuring that we have relative security within that region,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Peterside as saying.’

According to him, you are contributing to the growth of our economy by ensuring that there is peace in the Niger Delta.

When there is peace in the Niger Delta, we will increase oil production, we will contribute more revenue to the purse and we can do more development efforts.

“For us, working in maritime, it means that we will support the oil and gas industry, which is for now the mainstay of our economy.

“We have the capacity to diversify but we need the resources from oil and gas to diversify into other areas and that is why we need peace in the Niger Delta.

“So we truly have common mandate in many areas. I truly welcome the idea of a strategic partnership and collaborative efforts in many directions,’’ NAN quotes the director -general as saying.

Peterside also said that the Agency would set up a special desk to look at the young men and women in the Amnesty Programme with a view to creating opportunities for them to apply the skills they acquired in the maritime industry.

Earlier in his address, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme called for a collaborative effort in the resettlement and reintegration of the ex-agitators in the Niger Delta Region.

Boroh said that it would foster the growth and development of the economy.

He said that a number of them had gone through various courses relating to the maritime industry and appealed to NIMASA to assist in engaging them, so that they could reintegrate into the society and leave their lives. 

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