Secretary General of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), Dr. Paul Adalikwu, has requested technical collaboration with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) towards recommending Nigeria’s Anti Piracy law to other member countries.
Adalikwu, who said this in Lagos on Monday during a visit to Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General of NIMASA, also lauded the gains recorded by Nigeria in suppressing maritime crimes leading to the country’s removal from the list of high risk maritime countries.
The MOWCA SG who was in NIMASA as part of his maiden official visit to Nigeria since assuming office in January, described the country’s Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act as an effective legislation that has redefined the fight against maritime crimes in the country.
He said MOWCA would showcase the Act for other member countries to remodel their anti piracy laws to achieve harmonisation and cohesion in the drive for a safer and secure maritime domain in the sub regions.
Adalikwu added that countries like Gambia, Cameroon and others in MOWCA have requested, through his, office for technical collaboration to further develop their respective maritime administrations.
While calling for continuous support for MOWCA from NIMASA, Adalikwu said a total of 10 countries have so far signed up for the charter of the Regional Maritime Development Bank (RMDB) that would be launched soon in Abuja.
MOWCA, according to the SG has a new strategic plan with an organogram covering the four departments provided for in its charter of establishment.
However, Jamoh described the MOWCA as one keeping to the promises Nigeria made during the campaigns in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Accra, Ghana in the run up to the election.
The NIMASA boss also urged Adalikwu to synchronize his economy plan with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, particularly in the area of maritime trade and provision of reliable statistical shipping data.
Jamoh said MOWCA as an international organisation used to be helpful in availing maritime industry experts and professionals with information on country by country cargo tonnage to appraise the level of trade in the region.
He called for stronger MOWCA presence in the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) being a body representing 25 maritime countries with critical impact in global maritime trade.
The NIMASA DG also said his agency is willing to release professional, technical and highly competent personnel to MOWCA upon request by the SG to help him achieve his objectives for the 47 year old organisation.