'Researchers must play vital role to make sea win meaningful'
Former Dhaka University Vice Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique on Tuesday urged the researchers to play a vital role in making Bangladesh's maritime victory meaningful.
"Maritime victory is one of our biggest achievements which we've attained through Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's farsighted leadership. So, the researchers should play a pivotal role to make the achievement meaningful," he said.
The former DU Vice Chancellor came up with the call while addressing an awareness programme as chief guest.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, Save our Sea and Marine Journalists' Network jointly organised the programme at Laboni Beach Point in Cox's Bazar.
"Ahead of Bangabandhu's birth centenary, we all must think anew.. ..how he wanted to protect his country from all sorts of deprivation. What plan had Bangabandhu taken for the development of the marine resources of a war-ravaged country," said the former DU VC .
Mentioning the impact of climate change on Bangladesh, he said that all nations should work together to fight climate change.
He also thanked Save Our Sea for organising the programme.
Editor of the Daily Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, who presided over the programme, said under the leadership of the Prime Minister, Bangladesh won a long-standing maritime dispute with India.
"At the initiative of the premier, Marine Science department has been opened at Dhaka University while Cox's Bazar Development Authorities formed for the development of the tourist resort district. But, no master plan has yet been made for the development of tourism sector, said Iqbal Sobhan, also the former Media advisor of the PM, expressing his dissatisfaction.
He called upon the CDA to take initiative right now for commencing the development work of Cox's Bazar utilizing the experience of all involved with the CDA.
"Bangladesh's development will not be completed if development works are not implemented in Cox's Bazar. It will be our great failure if we cannot utilize marine and hilly resources," said Iqbal Sobhan.