Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman, SIFAX Group has hailed the impact of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in ensuring a sustainable maritime sector is achieved.
He made this known at the 2022 World Maritime Day Celebration which was organized by the Federal Ministry of Transportation in collaboration with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) at Eko Hotel & Suites with the theme “New Technologies for Greener Shipping”.
Afolabi, who was the event’s Special Guest of Honour and represented by Capt. Ibraheem Olugbade, ED, SIFAX Off Dock, lauded the International Maritime Organisation for establishing an institutional framework that prepares the sector for a green future.
He said: “IMO is helping to boost global green shipping by regulating exhaust emissions, anti-fouling, ballast water and many more strategies. These coupled with the influx of new technology, innovative techniques, efficient training and heightened security are some of the environmentally friendly solutions the institution has provided. The IMO has also proposed a sulphur limit on the exhaust from the stacks of ocean-going ships with a view to reducing by 50% the total greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“The environmental damage is not discriminatory, it affects the rich and not so rich, old and young. But more importantly those who cannot afford the necessary health care. The life of everyone matters. I believe we all must join to raise the awareness on CLEANER FUEL FOR A CLEANER AIR. Let us all support the efforts of the IMO to make sure that there is a better life for us and our children.”
The stakeholders present at the event include; Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mu’Azu Jaji Sambo; Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi; Minister of State for Transportation, Ademola Adewole Adegoroye; Managing Director, Nigeria Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko amongst others.