|Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG NIMASA|
Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has expressed his agency’s determination to fight pirates and other bandits operating on the nation’s territorial waters.
so far the rate of piracy has reduced, assured that this trend would continue as the agency moves to introduce new measures to tackle all forms of
executive members of the League of Maritime Editors and Publishers who met with
him in his office, the NIMASA DG said the agency was being repositioned to
play a new part in line with global best practices.
that the agency was dealing with an international audience, was of the view that
this required that the standard to be international as nobody would assess the country with Nigerian standard.
this new measure is a big fight against piracy and other maritime crime.
the fight against maritime crime was collective, including the Nigerian Navy,
Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and every other stakeholder in the industry.
assured that the industry wouid continue to experience drop in maritime crime.
against piracy is a collective effort of all working in the sector, Nigerian
Navy, NPA and every other stakeholder in the industry.
experience more drop in cases of piracy and maritime crime. I have
always said it, we will do everything to tackle the albatross hanging
around our neck called piracy. We have put in place a number of
things to check piracy and other maritime crime.
the few days the House of Representatives will pass the Anti-piracy bill. It
has gone through second reading, the House has gone through it clause by
clause and it is remaining the final reading. It is to be passed
for concurrent by senate, and I think we have made remarkable progress in
that regard. When the Bill is passed into law, it will give us the legal
teeth to fight maritime crime and piracy.”
agency was misrepresented on the deep blue sea project,
which according to him “involves acquisition of
critical maritime assets, boats, intervention aircraft, helicopters, command
and control centre and other assets including the training of of special
forces to tackle maritime crime.”
progress had been made, and that the assets would soon start coming in and would be on the waters with large foot
print on Nigeria’s territorial waters.
accommodated. We made it clear that by our presence, we will have zero
tolerance on pirates and other criminals within our territorial waters.
with Nigerian Navy to carry out a number of special operations, including
getting support from the US Navy. We have enhanced our surveillance systems. We
have a better view of what is happening in our maritime so that we can
intervene and respond within short notice.
was attacked at the coast of Bonny and within a short notice we were able to
intervene and he was evacuated with our helicopters”, the DG said.
of League, Mr Kingsley Anaroke had in his speech commended the
management of NIMASA for a number of reforms being introduced by the
the new executive of League was ready to collaborate with
NIMASA in its various measures lined up to give the maritime
industry an international status that could compete with other global