Nigeria seeks to enhance maritime security

The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside receiving a plaque from the Flag Officer Commanding Naval Training Command, Rear Admiral Ifeola Ogunlana Mohammed when the FOC paid a familiarization visit to NIMASA recently.

LAGOS, Nigeria – in the wake of massive pirates’ attacks, Nigeria has announced that will acquire strategic maritime safety and security assets in the coming months.

Over the weekend, a senior official with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) said the assets will also include vessels.

Dakuku Peterside, the agency’s director general said the move is in line with the total spectrum of maritime security strategy along the Gulf of Guinea where pirates have used various means to attack vessels.

Peterside told reporters in Lagos that the action is also in line with the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

As part of the maritime security strategic initiative, the NIMASA boss declared the establishment of a Command and Control Center.

“The four components of the initiative are situational awareness, response capability, law enforcement and local partnerships and regional cooperation; which are the fulcrum upon which tackling maritime crime will be built on,” he added.

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Dave Okonjie

Dave Okonjie is a public affairs analyst, researcher and senior issues correspondent.

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