The Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, stated that the report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) on reduction in pirate attacks in Nigeria was not a surprise to him because of the seriousness the present Federal Government is paying to maritime safety and security in the country.
The International Maritime Bureau (IMB), a specialised department of the International Chamber of Commerce, has stated in its report that no vessel was reported hijacked in the period under review, marking the first time Nigeria had such record since the first quarter of 1994.
The report noted that in the first quarter of 2019, Nigeria experienced a decrease in reported piracy incidents, compared to the same period in 2018.
The NIMASA notes that the NIMASA would continue to do all in its powers, within the ambit of the law, to ensure that piracy in Nigerian territorial waters was drastically reduced, if not eradicated.
“This report by IMB is not a surprise because if you consider how seriously the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is paying attention to maritime safety and security, which led to the approval of the Deep Blue Project geared towards tackling all illegalities in the maritime sector, you would understand that these are the best times to invest in maritime in Nigeria,” Peterside stated.
Peterside said the Federal Executive Council’s recent approval of the Deep Blue Project, which is an all-encompassing maritime security architecture, was a clear demonstration of the fact that the President Muhammadu Buhari Government was leaving no stone unturned in its determination to tackle the menace of piracy.
He noted that the Agency will continue to collaborate with the
Nigerian Armed Forces, the Police and other relevant law enforcement agencies
to ensure that Nigeria became a hub of maritime business in Africa.