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Dakuku reassures international community of security on Nigerian Waters

…Meets Korean Ambassador on Maritime Development

The Director General of the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku
Peterside , the  Consular-General of the Korean Embassy in
Nigeria, Kim In-Taek and  the Executive Director, Maritime
Labour and Cabotage Services of NIMASA Mr. Gambo Ahmed when the Korean Consular
General paid a Courtesy visit to NIMASA

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has assured seafarers and other members of the
international community of the country’s continued efforts to ensure our waters
are safer for navigation.

Dakuku said this in Lagos when the Consular-General of the Korean Embassy in
Nigeria, His Excellency, Kim In-Taek, paid him a courtesy visit at the NIMASA
The Director-General who was responding to concerns raised by
the Consular-General about the recent hijack of MV. Glarus, stated, “Nigeria is
totally committed to the safety of all vessels that come on its coastal waters.
Efforts have been doubled to ensure that vessels calling at Nigerian ports are
safe and secure by investing even more in surveillance to guaranty safety of
vessels.  NIMASA is working closely with the Nigerian Navy and the
National Intelligence Agency.”

He noted that Nigeria was expected to witness a drastic drop in maritime crimes
with the additional security measures being put in place by the agency, saying
the country ultimately aims to completely rid its coastal waters of pirates and
other criminals.

On strengthening the relationship between Nigeria and Korea, Dakuku said
Nigeria was taking steps to establish new synergies with other countries and
further existing ones, such as its relations with Korea. He said Nigeria
cherished its relationship with Korea and encouraged a mutually beneficial
working relationship between both countries in ship building, shipping
development as well as human capacity development and other aspects of the
maritime industry.

It should be noted that the Dr. Dakuku Peterside led NIMASA has always
advocated local and foreign collaborations in growing the Nigerian maritime
sector. This move is seen as a milestone in partnering with the Koreans who are
known for Shipbuilding and repairs.

Worthy of note also was when the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Jens Kjemprud
visited the Agency to seeks partnership especially as it concerns the fishing
aspect of maritime which Norway is reputed for.

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