Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has doubled its efforts by collaborating with the Nigerian Navy (NN) and the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to ensure that vessels calling at Nigerian ports are safe.
The agency said that it would invest more in surveillance to guaranty safety of vessels.
The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, who disclosed this in Lagos when the Consular-General of the Korean Embassy in Nigeria, His Excellency, Kim In-Taek, visited NIMASA headquarters, said that Nigeria would witness a drastic drop in maritime crimes with the additional security measures being put in place by the agency.
The agency’s Head of Corporate Communications, Mr Isichei Osamgbi, in a statement, quoted the director general as saying that the country’s ultimate aim was to completely rid its coastal waters of pirates and other criminals.
On strengthening the relationship between Nigeria and Korea, Dakuku said Nigeria was taking steps to establish new synergies with other countries and further existing ones, such as its relations with Korea.
He noted that the country cherished its relationship with Korea and encouraged a mutually beneficial working relationship between both countries in ship building, shipping development as well as human capacity development and other aspects of the maritime industry.
Peterside assured seafarers and other members of the international community of the country’s continued efforts to ensure Nigerian waters are safer for navigation.
The director general, who was responding to concerns raised by the Consular-General about the recent hijack of MV Glarus, explained that Nigeria was committed to the safety of all vessels that call on its coastal waters.
It would be recalled that the director general had always advocated local and foreign collaborations in growing the Nigerian maritime sector.
Peterside added that the move was seen as a milestone in partnering with the Koreans, who are known for shipbuilding and repairs.
Worthy of note also was the visit to the agency by the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Jens Kjemprud, to seek partnership especially as it concerns the fishing aspect of maritime, which Norway is reputed for.