Peterside supports multi-stakeholder approach in fighting piracy

Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has expressed his support for a multi-stakeholder method in tackling the rising cases of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

 He told newsmen in an interview that said that a legal framework prescribing stiffer sanctions, a more vigorous and vigilant military-led patrol and better intelligence gathering network would help, but could not be all the solution required to tackling sea piracy.

The NIMASA DG noted that pirates’ activities threatened shipping, and by extension commerce, which drives global economy, adding that America gave top priority to fighting piracy by creating  the coast guard that has so far proven effective in tackling piracy.

Peterside said every avenue would be explored toward keeping Nigerian waterways safe as well as the ships that ply them, but that it requires wider consultations if there would be considerations for setting up a joint coast guard.

He told the newsmen that NIMASA under his leadership, was however, already championing a number of initiatives aimed at achieving zero pirate activities in Nigerian waters.

While lamenting the unfortunate inclusion of Nigeria among the top three countries where pirate activities occur, the DG was hopeful that the renewed fight against piracy would reverse the trend soon.

He said his administration was committed to re-positioning NIMASA for the accomplishment of its core mandate of ensuring safe, secure shipping and a cleaner marine environment.

The DG was in Singapore at the invitation of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to address a forum of maritime regulators and experts at this year’s Singapore Maritime Week on the topic “Indispensable Shipping: Meeting the Regulatory Requirements.”