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NIMASA to review maritime security strategy, says Peterside

Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to review its maritime security strategy to
enhance its capacity to combat piracy and illegal activities on Nigerian
waters, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has

  Peterside said this during
the defence of the Agency’s 2016 budget before the Senate
Committee on Marine Transport.
He explained that the strategy will be
built on three core pillars of achieving safety of lives at sea, protection of
goods/products in voyage and securing maritime assets in Nigerian
In achieving this, the director general
said that a multifaceted approach including cooperation and coordination among
security forces of all the countries in the Gulf of Guinea was being coordinated
by the office of the National Security Adviser, with NIMASA playing a key role.
Other areas include a Nigerian military-led
patrol of the country’s territorial waters with NIMASA providing technical
support , effective use of the Agency’s satellite surveillance facility to
detect illegalities in real time and the development and passage
of an anti-piracy law that will strengthen the legal framework for prosecution of
piracy-related offences.
Peterside, who solicited the
cooperation of the Senate Committee for the actualisation of the Agency’s
mandate in sustaining safety and security in the maritime domain, also assured
stakeholders that with a combination of these strategies, maritime crimes in
Nigerian waters would be reduced to the barest minimum in the coming year.
While stressing the commitment of the
Agency to fully automate its processes under the Enterprise
Resource Planning (ERP), the DG expressed his desire
to integrate this platform with the systems already developed by
the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigeria Customs
Service (NCS) for greater efficiency and productivity.
He assured the Senators of the
management’s commitment to ensure transparency, accountability and probity in
the discharge of its mandate warning that there would be zero tolerance
for corruption.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Senate
Committee on Marine Transport, Senator Ahmad Rufai Sani
assured the Management of the Agency of the cooperation of the
Committee in order to deliver on the lofty programmes of NIMASA in
He commended the director general for
his commitment to reposition the Agency towards the attainment of its core
mandate, saying that the Committee would exercise effective oversight on the
Agency to make sure that the budgetary provisions were strictly followed.
Senators Clifford Ordia, Ovie Omo Agege ,
Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, Abdul Abubakar Gumel and George Akume all praised
the DG for taking concrete steps to reposition the Agency and pledged the
support of Senate. 

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