Don Urges Govts On Safeguarding Marine, Blue Economy

A  Professor of Fisheries, Martins Anetekhai, has urged governments to implement measures to safeguard marine ecosystems, habitats and species, to sustain marine and blue economy.

Anetekhai, of Faculty of Science, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, made this assertion at his valedictory lecture organised in his honour, to celebrate his retirement from service, by the institution on Friday, in Lagos.

The theme of the lecture was: “Aquapreneurship: The Pathway To Sustainable Marine and Blue Economy.”

“The government’s role in the management of the marine and blue economy is pivotal and multifaceted.

“The strategies and implementation should be domesticated to the specific needs and challenges of Nigeria, as the blue economy can vary significantly from one country to another.

“These strategies, with political will and sustained commitment, can contribute to the successful implementation of a marine and blue economy,” Anetekhai said.

He said that the benefits of the marine and blue economy in Nigeria include sustainable resource utilisation, economic growth, biodiversity conversation, food security, and climate regulation.

The professor also listed tourism and recreation, improved transportation systems, clean energy, cultural heritage, disaster resilience and carbon sequestration, amongst others.

“By focusing on water resources, the nation can further develop its maritime sector, improving port infrastructure, enhancing shipping services and increasing trade volume.

“Despite the potential, Nigeria’s marine and blue economy face challenges such as illegal fishing, overexploitation of marine resources, pollution and inadequate infrastructure.

“The challenges need to be managed through effective water resource governance and conservation efforts,” Anetekhai said.

Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, Vice-Chancellor, Lagos State University(LASU), said that the valedictory lecture was a testament to the excellence that defined the institution.

Olatunji-Bello said that it was instructive to note that his contributions to the academic community had been exemplary, shaping the intellectual landscape of the institution.

“His journey reflects the core values of LASU; a commitment to academic rigour, innovation and pursuit of knowledge and excellence that extends beyond the confines of our classrooms.

“Anetekhai’s dedication to the field of Fisheries has not only elevated our university academic standing but has also significantly contributed to the broader scientific community.

“His passion for research and commitment to distinction has set a high standard for all of us and will continue to serve as an inspiration for current and future generations of scholars,” she said.

NAN reports that Anetekhai had attained the statutory retirement age of 70 years and served the university in various capacities for 39 years.

Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos; the LASU management team, Deans, Heads of Department, and academic and non-academic staff members were among those in attendance.


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