A rage against piracy : NIMASA promotes SHADE with logistics support, policy initiative – Says Dr Jamoh
In its efforts to sustain surveillance against sea robbery in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), is promoting the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction Existence (SHADE) with logistics support in terms of infrastructure provision.
The Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh, made this known during interview with newsmen after the opening ceremony of the on-going 5th plenary session on Gulf of Guinea Maritime Forum in Abuja.
Dr Jamoh, who has been working assiduously to tackle Maritime crimes, explained that aside logistics support, NIMASA is also promoting SHADE by coordinating policies related to its awareness and what its stands to achieve in curbing piracy in Gulf of Guinea.
He informed :
“We provide logistics and policy support to enhance information sharing while respecting national boundaries. We take care of policy initiative and work hand-in-hand with the Navy because we don’t carry arms.
“We look at Nigeria and international conventions, for example the SPOMO Act, which provides the legal framework on issues of piracy in Nigeria.”
More so, the background details obtained from NIMASA revealed that SHADE was established by Nigeria and 22 Countries of the Intra-regional Coordination Centre (ICC) in July 2021 to implement more effective operational counter piracy cooperation between regional and international Navies, as well as the shipping industry and reporting Centres of Yaounde Code of Conduct.
At present, the forum is holding its 5th plenary session in Abuja. The forum provides ample opportunity to hear from flag states about their policies and recommendations on guidance against piracy threat in the Gulf of Guinea.
Accordingly, the forum aims at strengthening cooperation of regional and international Naval forces under regional owner and leadership in partnership with international shipping industry in a collective will to combat maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
Also, the forum seeks to significantly increase cooperation and Deconfliction of Naval operations at sea to enhance incident management through information sharing, optimise air surveillance through Deconfliction.
The 5th plenary with the theme ‘Enduring and Sustainable Security’ brought together Security experts, stakeholders from member countries, key players in the maritime industry and the media at Hilton Hotel in Abuja.