|DG NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside
Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has declared Nigeria’s unwavering
commitment to its leadership role in the war on piracy and maritime crimes in
the Gulf of Guinea region, an area widely considered the global challenging
maritime crime base in Africa.
symposium on Security in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) at the headquarters of the
International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London.
Maritime Council (BIMCO), International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA),
International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), Oil Companies International
Marine Forum (OCIMF), and the International Chamber of Shipping.
attendance MDs and CEO’s of top multinational shipping, oil and gas, and
that had affected their economies severely and, therefore, needed global
support and cooperation to tackle the problem.
advantages, as it holds a significant percentage of the world’s total oil and gas
reserves as well as rich deposits of solid minerals, such as diamond, bitumen,
copper, uranium, granite, quartz, lead, fluorite, and marble.
Security Conference (GMSC), which comes up in the country’s capital, Abuja,
from October 7 to 9.
community a platform to develop actionable strategies to put an end to piracy
and other security threats in the African geological and maritime region.
Maritime Administrations (AAMA), noted that the Gulf of Guinea occupied a
strategic location in international seaborne trade. It is home to two regional
economic blocs: Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), comprising 26 countries.
to national growth and prosperity of the nations lining its coasts and even
those inward and with no shared boundaries, due to the access it grants to
them,” he said.
for international commerce, connecting the Far East to countries in the North
and South of the Atlantic. “It is the hub of extensive Trans-Atlantic trade
linking Africa with Europe and the Americas,” he said.
against maritime crimes in the GoG region to include being the country with the
highest military contingent and might within the region, and a huge deposit of
oil and gas, which makes it a place of interest in international energy
big deltas, which are the largest in the world, with thousands of creeks.
within the region, accounting for over 65 per cent of cargo generated in the
area, Nigeria occupied a vantage position to lead efforts to solve the maritime
security challenges in the region.
environmental implications for the region, Dakuku told the international
community that Nigeria was leaving no stone unturned in the attempt to overcome
the menace through a total spectrum maritime strategy.
law enforcement, regional cooperation, response capability building, and
enhanced maritime domain awareness for all organs of government involved in
violent crimes in the GoG region could become history in a matter of months.
the fight against maritime crime, Dakuku stated, “We have no option but to work
together, but we cannot have imposed solutions…
October to seek tailored short and long term solutions to strengthen regional
and international collaborations in the Gulf of Guinea.”
and waterways protection solution with command and control infrastructure in
the Agency was part of the Nigerian government’s deep blue contract to enhance
security in the Gulf of Guinea.
of the ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Security Strategy (EIMS) and Inter-Regional
Coordination Centre (ICC) in Yaoundé. He also disclosed that Nigeria played a
leading role in the establishment of the African Integrated Maritime Security
collaboration with the Nigerian Navy in 2012-2013, established “Operation
Prosperity”, a security taskforce, among others, which had helped to reduce
criminal activities in the region.
of a legal framework to fight maritime crimes through an anti-piracy bill.
bill, when signed into law, will bring to bear appropriate sanctions on
offenders and deter perpetrators of maritime crimes,” he assured.
“Maritime Security and Global Trade Facilitation,” as part of its commitment,
along with its partners, to stamping out piracy in the region.
efforts to tackle maritime insecurity, especially in the Gulf of Guinea, Dakuku
called for more support in the fight against piracy and maritime crimes.
and security on the country’s waterways, among other mandates as enshrined in
the NIMASA Act, 2007.