NIMASA deploys world-class equipment to fight piracy

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) would eliminate piracy on the territorial waters, its Director-General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has said.

Peterside told The Nation that the agency was determined to stem the criminalities on the nation’s territorial waters by deploying world-class equipment and synergies with other agencies.

“We have a close working relationship with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) to foster an integrated approach to dealing with the menace.

“We have also increased surveillance and have deployed world-class with the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Ports Authority to monitor our maritime environment,” he said, adding that the country has deployed Maritime Patrol Aircraft’s (MPA) with the Nigerian Air Force as well as other naval assets to patrol and monitor the waterways.

Peterside noted that as a signatory, Nigeria is committed to complying with all International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations to eliminate piracy and criminality on the high seas.

He said the country was mindful of the risks posed by piracy and maritime crimes to life, navigational safety and the environment, saying this was why NIMASA was strengthening the regional rescue coordination centre in the country as well as enhance information sharing.

He urged the maritime community to separate criminality from piracy and militancy, reiterating that Nigeria is safe for shipping and other activities in the sector.

Peterside appealed to international development agencies to work with Nigeria in resolving maritime insecurity because of its strategic position to the maritime development on the continent given the size of her economy, population and geographical location.

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