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Olu Akinsoji’s thoughts on World Shipping Community commendation of Nigeria’s anti-piracy efforts

Engr. Olu Akinsoji

By Olu Akinsoji

The current published efforts of
the maritime safety agency of the federation popularly called NIMASA is worthy
of note.

That the perennial act of
criminality against innocent merchant ships in our coast is being positively
addressed is a relief and worthy of commendation.

As the pioneer alternate
representative of Nigeria at IMO and one time Director General,  Government Inspector of Ships, I wish to join
the International communities in commending the ongoing efforts of the
government through its agency to checkmate the menace of unlawful acts against
innocent ships and installations in our coast.

Let me specifically commend the
agency for achieving the domestication (after fourteen years of ratification)
of the International Convention on Unlawful Acts Against Ships (SUA) and
hopefully against Platforms in Continental Shelf.

The activities emanating from all
the published lofty infrastructural initiatives will need a strong and reliable
arrangement/administration of the new related law.

I therefore recommend as a part
of the ongoing effort to put in place a mechanism for a sustainable
administration of the relevant laws.

The overall aim of the law in its
interpretation should be to monitor, restrict, control, deter, rescue,   arrest offenders,  prosecute, 
punish, repatriate,  restore,  confiscate and compensate as the case may be.
I wish the agency more success in
its endeavour.

Olu Akinsoji is a renowned Marine Engineer

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