The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside has said the meeting of the G7++ group summit held in Lagos last week by the Italian government, which was the first time outside Europe, was an indication that the country’s efforts to fight piracy and other criminal activities in the Nigeria and in the Gulf of Guinea was appreciated.
Peterside, who spoke on the sideline of the G7++ group summit held in Lagos, stated that since Nigeria has been given the leadership role to curtail criminal activities in the region, NIMASA would continue to collaborate with the relevant authorities, both locally and internationally to put an end to the issues surrounding piracy in the region.
Speaking further, Dr. Peterside noted that NIMASA has also gone a step further to tackle piracy from four broad approaches namely; Legal framework through an anti-piracy bill, which will soon be passed to law, thereby making Nigeria the first country in the whole of Africa to formulate such policy.
Others are; acquisition of military hardware, through partnership with an Israeli firm, which will enhance our response capabilities to criminal activities, enhancing our intelligence gathering system and regional integration and collaboration through working with other African countries.
“No piracy begins and ends in one jurisdiction; when there is a hot pursuit, they shift to another region, and on our part, we are determined to give them a hot chase through our partnership and other collaboration with other countries in the region,” said Peterside.
Earlier, the Honourable Minister of Defence, Brigadier General Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd), commended the collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy and stated that it has also helped to curb criminal activities in the region.
Accordingly, he stated that the combined technological efforts of NIMASA, the Navy and other relevant Agencies has also helped to deter criminals from carrying out their nefarious activities on the nations water ways and by extension the Gulf Guinea.
The G7++ Friends of Gulf of Guinea Group is headed by the Italian government and it is poised to ensure sustainable interest in the promotion of peace, security and development in the Gulf of Guinea.