African Maritime Administrators to tackle illegal immigration, other sea crimes

African Maritime Administrators have resolved to drastically tackled the burdensome problems of illegal immigration, piracy and other sea crimes.
This declaration was made by Dr Dakuku Peterside, Chairman of Association of African Maritime Administrations (AMAA) at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Council meeting in London recently. Dakuku stated that the continent through her leaders have put in place the necessary framework to tackle all forms of criminalities, which will guarantee safety and security of lives and property and help harness the benefits of the blue economy.
According to him, “some of the instruments being proposed to tackle crimes include; the Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS) 2050, the Yaoundé Code of Conduct, the Djibouti Code of Conduct and the Lome Charter amongst other strategies”.
AMAA, Dr Dakuku said, will engage the services of intellectuals and researchers from across Africa to look at the sociological factors responsible for illegal immigration by Africans, the report of which will be forwarded to the African Union for actions that might curb the ugly development. “Let me assure you that African Maritime Administrations are determined to tackle the challenges in the maritime sector to maximize the benefits of the blue economy, but Africa and Africans are the ones to lead the search for solution to the problems plaguing African Maritime domain; the support of the International community will only be complimentary to the effort of Africans”, he averred.

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