NIMASA assures on safety, security in Maritime

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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has reiterated its commitment to ensuring safety and security on Nigerian waters.

 This in line with its mandate to ensure safety and security in the Nigerian territorial waters.

This was expressed when the agency renewed its Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigerian Navy to protect and secure the nation’s maritime domain.

At the official signing ceremony of the MoU at the Naval Headquarters in Abuja, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, and the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, agreed that the MoU was sacrosanct for seamless shipping activities within the nation’s territorial waters to bring about the much needed economic diversification in line with the Change Agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

According to Peterside, the MoU signed by the two parties, in addition to the previous ones signed between NIMASA and other government security agencies especially as NIMASA does not bear arms, will help the agency to provide adequate maritime security for merchant shipping.

 The MoU being renewed was first entered between NIMASA and the Navy in 2007.

A press release by Isichei Osamgbi, the NIMASA head of corporate communications quoted Peterside as saying that “NIMASA does not carry arms thus the MoU emboldens the Nigerian Navy to provide support for NIMASA against ships with potential and actual illicit operations. The success of the originating MoU with the Navy has spurred this agreement up, thus we have no doubt or hesitation whatsoever to continue collaborating”.

Peterside expressed gratitude to President Buhari and the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, for their support and approval for the collaboration agreement.

On his part, Vice Admiral Ibas, on behalf of the Nigerian Navy, promised to provide the anticipated tactical experience and capacity to complement and support the agency in its drive to secure the maritime environment and engender safer shipping.

“The Nigerian Navy is adept and keen to pursue the objectives and content of this MoU in the general interest of Nigeria and Nigerians. Illegal operations of ships are detrimental to our maritime potentials, and by extension, the Nigerian economy therefore, collaboration of this magnitude and nature, to salvage the economy and complement the Change Agenda of the present administration for economic diversification must be pursued”, Ibas said.