NIMASA expands scope of Admiralty Law Seminar attendees

In view of their critical role in the dispensation of justice in admiralty matters, the scope of the annual Strategic Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges has been expanded to include Justices of the Court of Appeal.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, said the Agency initiated the seminar for Judges of the Federal High Court bearing in mind the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court over Admiralty matters.  
Over the years however, the participating audience was expanded to include Judges of the State High Courts of littoral states of the Federation and now Justices of the Court of Appeal, due to their indispensability in admiralty matters. 
Speaking at the opening of the 7th Strategic Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges with the theme “Towards effective Admiralty in a Blue Economy” organised jointly by NIMASA and the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) in Lagos, Peterside stated that in initiating the seminar, the Agency noted the complex and time sensitiveness of maritime issue and the consequent requirement for prompt resolutions.  
He stated that the Agency is taking deliberate steps to work with the Judiciary and other arms of government to reposition Nigeria’s maritime industry, by providing necessary updates on information and law in the maritime sector.
According to the DG “In initiating this event, the Agency is not unaware of the complex and time sensitive nature of maritime issues and their attendant requirement for speedy resolutions often through judicial pronouncements by superior courts of records. The scenario no doubt puts pressure not only on those entrusted with the responsibility of responding to the economic exigencies, but also on judicial officers responsible for balancing important notions of justice, contract and the law.”
He also noted that the objective of the seminar over the years has been to sensitize the target Judges on contemporary maritime law issues both within and outside the Nigerian Jurisdiction as shipping is a multi-jurisdictional enterprise.
The DG opined that notwithstanding the strides being made by the Agency in the area of safety and security of the Nigerian maritime domain, the Management of the Agency equally recognizes the need for increased partnership and collaboration amongst all stakeholders - the Judiciary inclusive, in the actualisation of our collective vision for environmental, social and economic growth and the sustainability of our shipping and maritime transport sector in a Blue Economy.
Earlier in his remarks, the DG NIALS, Prof. Deji Adekunle commended the NIMASA leadership for continuous collaboration with relevant stakeholders to advance the Nation’s maritime industry. He said the institute will continue to collaborate with the Agency and provide necessary assistance to NIMASA in its bid to ensure a safe and secure maritime space.
It should be noted that the Strategic Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges is an initiative of NIMASA designed to sensitize judges on maritime law issues. This year’s event is the 7th of the series and it is organised by NIMASA in collaboration with NIALS.


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