The Minster, who disclosed this when the Secretary-General, International Seabed Authority (ISA) Michael Lodge and his entourage paid him a courtesy visit yesterday in Abuja, said that it has become a challenge as out of the 12 exploration projects in developing countries around the world, none is in Africa.
While acknowledging that the resources in the sea far outweigh those on land, the Minister said the country is lucky to have an organization like ISA to help it explore and exploit its untapped blue economy.
Regarding the workshop, Sambo advised that the outcomes should be escalated to the President and the National Assembly to accord it priority attention.
Also speaking, the Secretary-General, ISA, Michael Lodge informed that the workshop is to “create awareness in Africa and hopefully at some point in future encourage African States and investors to look at the possibility and participate in deep-sea exploration as they only look towards the lands”.
He believed that the resources of the deep blue should be enjoyed by all and not just the rich and technologically advanced countries.
Earlier, the Ambassador to Jamaica and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative on International Seabed Authority, Dr Maureen Tamuno, thanked the Minister for providing enabling environment for the workshop to hold and for providing access to enable them to visit the Maritime Academy, Oron, Akwa Ibom State to assess its readiness to provide required competences for future activities in the deep seabed sector.
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