The Nigerian government has been urged to tackle armed robbery and piracy on the territorial waters of the nation.
Captain Emmanuel Ihenacho, a former Minister of Interior, made the call during a courtesy visit by the Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, and members of his executive.
He called on the Nigerian Navy to be involved in checkmating the activities of pirates.
“Armed robbery and piracy give our country a bad name and one of the consequences is that the premium is added to insurance on goods coming in,” the mariner added.
Captain Ihenacho supported the development of a national fleet that must not be predominantly under government ownership but private participation should be allowed.
Ihenacho promised a cordial working relationship with the NUJ, Lagos Council, and commended programmes outlined for members.
On his part, the Chairman, NUJ Lagos Council, described Ihenacho as media-friendly and supportive anytime he was invited by the media.
He commended the contributions of the mariner to the maritime sector in terms of the Cabotage Act 2003; the move to create a national carrier to be administered by the private sector; and human capacity development in the Shipping Industry.
Ajayi said the union looked forward to the support of the firm on key projects of the Union.