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Gulf of Guinea strategic to food security, says DG NIMASA

Executive Director, Finance &
Administration, NIMASA, Mr Bashir Yusuf Jamoh, Executive
, Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC), Ambassador
 Ukonga , and the Director, Special Duties,
NIMASA, Hajia Lami Tumaka at
a Seminar on the state of Food Security Assured by the Seas of West and Central
Africa and the Perspectives on the Blue Sea Economy in member states of the GGC
ongoing at the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island Lagos

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety
Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stressed the importance of the Gulf of
Guinea to food security to the West and Central African sub-region, stating that
the region must be properly secured to avert illegal activities that may hamper
food supply in the African region.

The Director General stated this at the seminar on the State of Food
Security Assured by the Seas of West and Central Africa and The Perspectives on
The Blue Economy in Member States of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC)
organised by NIMASA in conjunction with the GGC in Lagos.
Dr. Peterside who was represented at the event by the Agency’s Executive
Director Finance and Administration Mr Bashir Jamoh said that the Gulf of
Guinea which is a major shipping route must be properly guarded if the
countries of the region are to properly harness the blue economy for economic
According to him, “the Gulf of Guinea, aside being a major shipping
route, is also home for many aquatic species and so the countries of the region
must do everything to safeguard the region from illegal fishing, piracy and
other activities that may affect the food chain”
Speaking further, the NIMASA DG said that NIMASA knows the importance of
the region to the African continent and that is the major reason the Agency has
continuously championed collaborations amongst member states in order to
develop the continent’s blue economy through sustainable shipping.
He said that this seminar will also assist participating countries to
better understand the blue economy and how to properly harness the inherent
potentials of the African maritime sector.
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of
Guinea Commission, Ambassador  Florentina Adenike Ukonga commended
the leadership of NIMASA for the role the Agency is playing in ensuring safety
of lives and property in the region.
She said the Commission decided to have a seminar on the blue economy to
promote sustainable shipping in the region.
It would be recalled that the Gulf of Guinea Commission was established
by the treaty signed in Libreville, Gabon on July 3, 2001 by Nigeria, Angola,
Gabon as well as Sao Tome and Principe. The seminar was the second in the
series organised by the Commission to enlighten member states on the advantages
of sustainable shipping.

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