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To ensure that the Nigerian Blue Economy project receives a boost,  The Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola has requested support from the United Nations in the development of marine resources within the Nigerian space.

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The Minister made the request when he received the recently appointed United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Nigeria and representative of the UN’s Secretary General, Mohamed Malick at the Ministry in Abuja.
The Minister assured the representative that Nigeria is a committed and willing partner in the harnessing of the ocean’s resources and noted that this is reflected in the creation of the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
According to Oyetola, “We would be happy to partner with UN in the area of research, development of technology, fishery, biodiversity, renewable energy and other areas that make up the totality of the marine and blue economy ecosystem.”
The Minister noted the significance of the United Nations’ dedication and drive to the issue of the efficient harnessing of Marine resources. This he pointed out, was through the UN’s definition of Blue Economy as the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihood, and job creation while preserving the ecosystem.
Drawing out efforts of the Ministry to curtail and improve the marine space in the safety and security of Nigeria’s waters, the Minister disclosed that the country has recorded zero incidents of piracy for 3 years and would strive to sustain this aspect. He also outlined the training of seafarers but highlighted that much still needs to be done in this region.
Speaking on the visit, Malick, the new UN Resident Coordinator congratulated Nigerians on the establishment of the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry noting that it is an indicator to the World, Africa, and the Sub-region of Nigeria’s resolve to contribute and make the environment safer, while also creating opportunity of employment for the younger generation and reinvigorate the economy.
Malick added that Marine resources when deployed accordingly can significantly reinvigorate the economy as well as drive economic development