Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Peterside calls for more effort, synergy against maritime insecurity

Picture 1: Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) presenting literature about the Agency to Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy when the FOC visited NIMASA recently.

Stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry especially the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) have been called upon to redouble their efforts towards eradicating criminality in the Nigerian maritime domain.

The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made this call when he hosted the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai at the Agency’s head office in Lagos.

The DG who decried the rise in piracy activities in the early part of this year called for strategic initiatives and synergy among stakeholders to arrest the trend.

According to the DG, “the operations report available to us is nothing to cheer about. While there is a drop in the number of vessels calling our ports, there seem to be a comparative increase in piracy activities. This means that operationally, both NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy must step up our game in order to guarantee continuous prosperity of Nigeria’s economy”.

While commending the Nigerian Navy for the considerable reduction of criminal activities in the Nigerian territorial waters in the last three months, Dr. Peterside however charged stakeholders to do more in order to completely eliminate the scourge.

He acknowledged the existing partnership with the Nigerian Navy which he said has been mutually beneficial and said that the memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two Agencies is currently being reviewed to make it more effective and beneficial to the entire maritime industry.

“I am confident that the strategies being put in place by the Nigerian Navy including the launch of the FALCON EYE and partnerships with relevant stakeholders will go a long way in addressing the security challenges in our waterways” the DG said. 

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA flanked by Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command (left) and Commodore Jibril Muhktar, Command Admin Officer when the FOC visited NIMASA recently.

He pledged the Agency’s continuous collaboration with the Nigerian Navy in the task of promoting a friendly environment for maritime activities in Nigeria.

Earlier in his remarks, Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai who said he was in NIMASA for a familiarization visit after taking over the Western Naval Command also called for greater cooperation between the two Agencies for the overall interest of Nigeria.

Assuring the DG of the readiness of the Navy to partner with NIMASA, the FOC said “our doors are open for a sustained partnership with your Agency. And there should be no obstacles to our collaboration which should guarantee the unhindered movement of vessels doing legitimate business in Nigerian waters”. 

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA (3rd left), Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai, FOC, Western Naval Command (2nd left) and some members of NIMASA Management staff and delegation of the FOC during the visit to NIMASA recently.

A committee earlier set up with members drawn from NIMASA, the Navy and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) for the development of a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Takwa Bay was also mandated to expedite action for the actualisation of the project.

Hajia Lami Tumaka

Head, Corporate Communications


July 21, 2016


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