The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigeria Navy have agreed to integrate their information platforms – the Command, Control, Computer Communication and Information Centre and the Falcon Eye respectively, to boost security on the nation sea.
Both NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy reached the agreement when the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Oladele Bamidele Daji visited the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh in Lagos.
The Director General of NIMASA Dr. Bashir Jamoh, while stating the importance of cooperation between the Navy and NIMASA, said that it was important for NIMASA which is not an arm bearing organization to support the Navy with necessary platforms for optimal safeguarding of the Nigerian waters.
According to Jamoh, “Just like we did by ensuring that our Special Mission Vessels are manned by men of the Nigerian Navy, we are also looking at the possibility of effectively linking the C4i center at kikiriki with the Falcon Eye of the Nigerian Navy. This is to ensure safety of lives and property for safer shipping in the Nigerian maritime domain so that the maritime industry remains virile for economic prosperity”
Dr. Jamoh also disclosed that the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, GMDSS, facility at Takwa Bay will become functional very soon and the facility will also enhance intelligence gathering and information sharing with the Nigerian Navy, which has also approved the establishment of a naval formation at Takwa Bay.
Speaking on other challenges in the maritime corridor from Navy town to the Harbor in Apapa Lagos, the NIMASA DG noted that activities of unapproved ship scrapping yards are a source of concern and all identified wrecks will be removed working with the hydrograpic department of the Nigerian Navy.
The NIMASA DG also warned that those involved in these nefarious acts would be made to face the full wrath of the law if they fail to desist from indiscriminate scrapping of vessels and the likes.
“We are aware of the challenges wrecks, derelicts and activities of illegal scrap yards pose to our waterways. We will share information with the hydrographic department of the Nigerian Navy, so appropriate steps which will be in the best interest of the country will be implemented”, he said.
On his part, the FOC Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Daji applauded the already existing relationship between the Agency and the Nigerian Navy and stated the need for continuous information sharing between the Navy and NIMASA in order to aid daily operations towards ensuring a safer and secured maritime sector.
He also corroborated the stance of the DG on zero tolerance for piracy on the nation’s waterways, stating that the Navy is prepared to tackle the issues head-on, for the overall good of the maritime sector.
Rear Admiral Daji appealed for cooperation with the NIMASA hydrographic unit especially with regards to standard charting of the Nigerian waters as well as mapping out the wrecks. He said this would go a long way in ensuring unhindered navigation.
Present during the visit were the Executive Directors of the Agency and very senior officers of the Western Naval Command who accompanied the FOC, West on the visit.