By Aisha Cole
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is ready to accumulate strategic maritime security and safety property,together with vessels.
This is consistent with the latest approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja.
According to a press release in Lagos on Saturday by the Head, Corporate Communications, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, the transfer can also be consistent with the overall spectrum of maritime safety technique.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, additionally introduced the institution of a Command and Control Centre as a part of the maritime safety strategic initiative.
“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,”
Peterside mentioned that the implementation of NIMASA’s maritime technique, in collaboration with the company’s companions, was a panacea to piracy and maritime crime inside Nigerian territorial waters.
He gave an assurance that NIMASA would proceed to collaborate with the army, particularly the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force, amongst different companions, to make Nigerian waterways protected and safe.
“We are usually not unmindful of the peculiar atmosphere of Niger Delta which poses its personal problem in tackling maritime crime, particularly kidnapping of crew and unlawful bunkering that results in air pollution.
“We will continue to work with the Nigerian Navy and regional organisations to strengthen our regional approach to tackling maritime crime,” he mentioned.
The director-general mentioned that NIMASA wouldn’t loosen up in its quest to see the early passage of the Anti-Piracy Bill, the draft of which the Federal Executive Council just lately accepted for legislative motion.
Peterside defined that eradicating maritime crime and piracy could be a precedence for the company and its companions in 2018.
He mentioned that the company targeted on working with all related stakeholders, utilizing its laid-out technique to section out maritime crime in Nigeria’s area. (NAN)