…commends Dr Felicia Mogo for her contributions to the maritime sector
Effective management of the nation’s marine environment is critical to Nigeria’s economic growth, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Honourable Rotimi Amaechi has said.
The Minister stated this on Friday at the formal unveiling of a book on the marine environment titled “Regulating the Marine Environment of Africa Towards a Sustainable Blue Economy: The Nigerian Scenario”, authored by Dr Felicia Chinwe Mogo, the immediate past Director, Marine Environment Management, Nigerian Maritime Administration & Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Delivering his keynote address virtually at the event which also doubled as the author’s retirement ceremony, the Honourable Minister said that the “Maritime is key to national development and we can’t talk about this without the marine environment.
“It is in this area that Dr. Mogo has made impressive records with over two decades spent trying to make reforms in environmental assessment, especially for the Oil and Gas sector”, he said.
Lauding her contributions to the sector, Amaechi said that as an environmentalist, Dr. Mogo has an impressive and well documented record and her pedigree that has been evident on the global terrain where she has represented Nigeria and NIMASA admirably.
“You can’t conclude the functions of NIMASA or talk about maritime without talking about environmental issues and you can’t ignore the contribution of Dr. Mogo in that area,” he remarked.
The Honourable Minister thanked Dr Mogo for her invaluable contributions to the sector adding that the Transport Ministry and the maritime sector were indebted to her.
In her address, Dr. Anne Ene-Ita , former Senior Special Adviser to the President on Aviation Reforms who chaired the occasion implored government to fully explore the potentials of the blue economy even as she applauded Dr Mogo’s commitment to the sector as well as the documentation of Nigerian scenario on regulating the Marine Environment.
Dr. Mogo has been an energetic and enterprising young woman since her maiden employment in the Federal Ministry of Works. This book is worth having and we need to disseminate the book at secondary and tertiary levels to get young ones involved in maritime.
Speaking, the High Commissioner of Kenya to Nigeria, Dr Wilfred G. Machage who also attended the event said that Dr. Mogo is an asset to the African continent.
“There’s nothing more gratifying than sharing knowledge with a generation of young leaders who will be taking up similar roles as Dr. Mogo in both public and private sectors.
“Even upon her exit from public service, Dr. Mogo joins the coveted list of our celebrated scholars in the field of marine science and we all know that intellectuals are paragon of virtues and the cream of intelligentsia in all societies.
“This important book acknowledges the importance of marine environment and ecosystem as a life-support system for supplying resources that support livelihoods and economic development.
“African’s Agenda 2063 has identified the blue economy as the next to frontier to facilitate rapid economic transformation of the continent and of seeing the livelihoods of the present and future generations in a continent where 38 out of 55 countries are coastal states and collectively encompass vast ocean territories of an estimated 13million km,” the High Commissioner stated.
In her 34 years of public service, Dr. Mogo served in various capacities in agencies, ministries and various international avenues contributing to the protection of Nigeria’s environment and giving the country recognition on the international level.
According to the ex-NIMASA Director the book is a documentation of her experiences.
“I have had the opportunity to incubate insights about stewarding our resources for sustainable development. Specifically, I have spent considerable time reflecting on Nigeria’s marine environment which holds enormous potential for our sustainable growth as a nation, and yet remains understated.
“For over ten years, I have toyed with the idea of documenting my ideas on how to optimise Nigeria’s marine environment for the benefit of its entire population. I am glad to have finally made this idea a reality via this book.”
Commenting on the book, the President, Strategic Operations and Sediment Management Tipping Point Resources Group, United States, Professor Eric. A. Stern said;
“I must commend the author for how the book succinctly evaluates and proffers practical solutions on innovatively deploying institutional and regulatory approaches in Nigeria’s marine environment and actualising a pan-African blue economy pathway.”
He advised and encouraged government, policymakers, legislators, academics, private sector participants, development practitioners and partners, civil society and the media to avail themselves the wealth of knowledge the book offers.