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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency has collaborated with the Nigerian Gas Association on a green environment initiative, a global strategy to ensure that the environment is free from all forms of pollution.

This is to ensure cleaner oceans and safer environment in the Nigerian maritime space, a statement from the regulatory agency indicated on Friday.

According to the statement, the Director-General, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, disclosed the collaboration when he hosted members of the NGA.

He said that the agency was changing the narrative by strictly adhering to its enabling legislation to ensure safety standards and compliance in line with global best practices.

“We appreciate the fact that cleaner fuel is the way forward if we want our environment to be clean; as part of our strategy to achieve this, we need to collaborate with relevant organisations like the NGA and others,” Peterside stated.

While noting that the issue of climate change was a global phenomenon, he gave an assurance that NIMASA on its part would continue to lend its voice in support of the advocacy, which would further guarantee a safer and secured business environment.

The NIMASA DG, according to the statement, also assured the executive members of the NGA that the agency was open to all forms of partnerships that could help the growth and development of the Nigerian maritime sector.

“As our nation is committed to diversification, gas remains untapped, hence you can count on NIMASA in this advocacy drive,” he said.

The President, NGA, Mr. Dada Thomas, was quoted as saying that the mission of the association was to partner NIMASA and other relevant industry players in the oil and gas sector.

He stated that with the abundance of gas in Nigeria, there should be no issues with power generation as gas was being used all over the world as a major source of power generation.

While acknowledging NIMASA’s role in the shipment of Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas, Thomas stated that the agency had an impact on the efficiency and the way gas business was being carried out in the country.

He called on NIMASA to join the association in its mission of achieving its four-point agenda of advocacy, promotion of gas investment in Nigeria, promotion of best practices in line with global standards and promotion of a resource centre.