…Italy Leads G7++ Friends of Gulf Of Guinea to Lagos
…NIMASA, Navy efforts with technology is key – Defence Minister
R-L: Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Executive Director, Finance and Administration, NIMASA, Mr. Bashir Jamoh and the Executive Director, Operations, NIMASA, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin at the sideline of the G7++ summit on maritime piracy held at Eko Hotel, Lagos.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has restated that the agency is working with Stakeholders and the global maritime community to ensure that the menace of piracy is totally stamped out in the Gulf of Guinea in order to allow for free flow of trade in the region.
The DG who spoke on the sideline of the G7++ group summit held in Lagos stated that the fact that the Italian government decided to hold the meeting in Lagos Nigeria, which is the first time outside Europe shows their belief in the country’s efforts to fight piracy and other criminal activities in Nigeria and in the Gulf of Guinea.
Peterside noted that NIMASA has also gone a step further to tackle piracy legally through an anti-piracy bill, which will soon be passed to law, thereby making Nigeria the first country in the whole of Africa to formulate such policy.
Others areas deployed by the agency are acquisition of military hardware, through partnership with an Israeli firm to curb criminal activities, enhance intelligence gathering and regional integration and collaboration with other African countries.
In his words, “No piracy begins and ends in one jurisdiction; when there is a hot pursuit, they shift to another region, and on our part, we are determined to give them a hot chase through our partnership and other collaboration with other countries in the region”.
On the just concluded International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council election, he stated that Nigeria is the first country in Africa that subjected itself to IMO audit, which rated Nigeria high in terms of security on its waterways in line with the International Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) facility code; with Nigeria having complied by over 80 per cent.
Also, in the area of ratification of IMO conventions, Nigeria has done very well, which is very evident in the day to day running of the maritime sector in Nigeria.
He called on the media to continue to partner with the agency in beaming its activities in good light and also expressed optimism that Nigeria has started preparation to return to the IMO Category C, in the next election in 2019.
Earlier, the Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), commended the collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy and stated that the combined technological efforts of NIMASA, the Navy and other relevant Agencies has helped to deter criminals from carrying out their nefarious activities on the nations water ways and by extension the Gulf Guinea.
The G7++ Friends of Gulf of Guinea Group is headed by the Italian government and it is poised to ensure sustainable interest in the promotion of peace, security and development in the Gulf of Guinea.