Reforms, capacity building vital for maritime security –Says NIMASA DG
By Udeme Clement
The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that capacity building programmes and sectorial reforms are critical elements needed to address issues of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.
He made this known during a paper presented at the G7 high level meeting on maritime security in Rome, Italy, noted that despite the security challenges being faced in the region, lots of concerted efforts with stakeholders and other government agencies have been made to check the menace.
The Dakuku who is also the Chairman, Association of African Maritime Administration, (AAMA), added that piracy attack in the Gulf of Guinea has reduced tremendously, as statistics shows that attacks on Oil and gas installations both onshore and offshore reduced from 36 in the first half of 2016 to nil in the corresponding period in 2017.
Dakuku also explained that Maritime security Architecture in the Gulf of Guinea has political, strategic, regional, multinational and national components aimed at enhancing security in the region.
“The strategic operational headquarters to coordinate the implementation of the Maritime Security Architecture in the region are located in Abuja Nigeria, Libreville in Gabon, Luanda in Angola, Pointe Noire in Congo and Yaoundé in Cameroun. Let leaders of countries in the Gulf of Guinea to effectively communicate developments in the region to international partners and also begin to put in place measures that translate measurable and visible results”, he said.
He went on: “Let me also inform you that as part of our determination to stamp out piracy and all forms of criminal activities, NIMASA is pushing for early passage of an anti-piracy law; the draft bill is before the Federal Executive Council ready to be sent to the National Assembly”.