The Director-General of Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has rated Lagos as the best state in Nigeria in terms of maritime safety.

He made this known during a courtesy visit to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at the Lagos House, Ikeja, the Director-General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said despite the widespread insecurity in the maritime sector, Lagos waterways have achieved a reasonable level of security.

While identifying areas of partnerships between the State Government and NIMASA, Jamoh said the extinction of the fishing industry is due to insecurity in the waterways, adding that the agency is ready to partner Lagos to improve the safety of the waterways.

“We are seeing the extinction of the fishery industry due to maritime insecurity. About 98 per cent of maritime insecurity originates from land to sea but Lagos remains the state with the highest maritime security,” he said.

Other areas of partnerships suggested are the ferry services, waste management in the sea and the extension and development of the shipping industry.