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NIMASA wants improved Nigeria, Korea maritime relations

Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his Guest, Mr. Lee Younghoan
The Director General of the Nigerian
Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has
said there is need to strengthen the strategic partnership between Nigeria and
the Republic of Korea in the maritime industry.

 Peterside disclosed this while receiving
the Korean Consul General to Nigeria,, Mr
 Lee Younghoan, who paid him a courtesy visit
at the Agency’s headquarters in Lagos.
While recognising the strategic position
of Korea as a great ship building nation, he appealed to the Consul General on
the need for qualified Nigerian seafarers to be placed onboard Korean vessels
operating in the Nigerian maritime domain.
told the visiting Korean Consul general that Nigeria has a pool of qualified
seafarers and other competent maritime personnel that can adequately serve the
global maritime industry.
He also restated NIMASA’s commitment to
tackling the daunting menace of piracy and related forms of criminal activities
at sea.
“Nigeria is poised to tackle the menace of piracy and we have recorded
great successes in the past three months and our vision is to have safe and
secure oceans with zero piracy activities in the next one year”, 
the DG
Earlier in his address, the Consul General
commended the NIMASA for its efforts in fighting piracy activities on the
nation’s waterways and  appealed for more
surveillance and security in safeguarding lives and property on the nation’s
He assured the DG of the readiness of the
Korean Government to support Nigeria especially in the areas of safety and
It will be recalled that the DG had at a
recent forum, expressed the Agency’s desire to work with other stakeholders to
expedite action on the passage of the Anti-Piracy and Other related Crimes at
Sea into law.
It is hoped that the effort would provide
the requisite framework for the fight, prosecution and punishment of piracy and
related maritime crimes.

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