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Maritime security: Nigerian waters now safer – Dakuku

DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside

The Director-General of the
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, has said that piracy and other maritime crimes have reduced
drastically in the Nigerian maritime domain, making it safer for investment.

Contrary to reports in a section of the media on his responses
while defending the Agency’s budget before the Senate Committee on Maritime
Transport in Abuja, Dakuku noted that efforts being put in place by the Federal
Government to tackle maritime crimes were now yielding results. 
He added that
NIMASA would continue to up its game to ensure Nigerians benefit from the
enormous potential in the sector.
He stated, “You are aware of
all the measures we are putting in place to take the Nigerian maritime sector
where it belongs and when you look at the multifaceted approach of the Federal
Executive Council’s approved deep blue project which covers every aspect of
maritime security, you will realise that a lot has been done to get us to this
The DG said the recent rating
of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) stating that the Nigerian waters are
now safer had further boosted investors’ confidence in the Nigerian maritime
sector locally and globally. He noted that all these had been achieved through
collaboration driven by NIMASA, working with other relevant agencies of
“Statistics do not lie and so
when the IMB came up with the report of our waters being safer, we were not
surprised because we know the level of work we have done with the support of the
federal government to ensure that the Nigerian Maritime Sector becomes an haven
for investors,” he stated.
The IMB 2019 first quarter
reported stated that the Nigerian maritime domain recorded no vessel hijack in
the period under review, first time since the first quarter of 1994 that
Nigeria would have such record. The report also said between January and March
2019, Nigeria a decrease in piracy incidents, compared to the same period in
Dakuku also said maritime
could fund a large percentage of Nigeria’s budget if properly harnessed. 
added that despite increases in the Agency’s contribution to the Consolidated
Revenue Fund (CRF), NIMASA remained committed to doing more, especially through
the recently launched final billing system, the automation of all its
processes, and other strategies being put in place by the Executive Management
team to block leakages.
IMB, a specialized department
of the International Chamber of Commerce, recently released its report for the
first quarter of 2019 showing an increased level of safety in the Nigerian
maritime domain.
IMB Director Pottengal
Mukundan was also quoted as saying Nigeria was gaining advantage from
coordinated responses to incidents via its maritime regulatory agency, NIMASA,
and the Nigerian Navy

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