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Imo State Governor, Governor Hope Uzodinma has asserted that the role of Hydrography in maritime safety, environmental preservation, and effective management of the oceans cannot be overemphasised.
He made this known on Wednesday in his remarks on the occasion of the World Hydrography Day at the NAF Conference Centre Abuja.
‘As we mark this momentous occasion, let us recognize the critical role hydrography plays in promoting maritime safety, environmental preservation and the efficient management of our ocean resources,’ Uzodinma said.
‘Through accurate charting, soundings, and mapping of the seabed, we enable safer navigation, secure trade routes, and protect our marine ecosystems,’ he added.
This year’s event was marked with the theme: ‘Hydrography: Underpinning the Digital twin of the Ocean.’
Uzodimma commended the organisers of the event and their choice of theme, which he reasoned brought to the fore ‘the invaluable significance of hydrography in ensuring safe and sustainable marine activities across the globe.’
He reminded the audience that the event was coming ‘barely one month after the then Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, flagged off the hydrographic survey for the dredging of Oguta Lake and Orashi River, which marked the commencement of the State Government’s partnership with the Federal Government, the Nigerian Navy and the private sectors for the proposed Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone along the coastlines of Imo State.’
His words: ‘I extended my heartfelt appreciation to the Nigerian Navy, all hydrographers, scientists and professionals who tirelessly work to enhance our understanding of the world’s oceans and waterways. Your expertise and dedication are instrumental in ensuring the smooth functioning of global maritime trade and safeguarding our marine environment.