The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) praised the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for its efforts in combating maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region this year. The Nigerian Navy was also praised for its efforts in combating piracy, which had made the region a global hotspot for piracy.
As reported by the News Agency of Nigeria, this was revealed by UNODC Nigeria representative Oliver Stolpe at the four-day Inter-Agency Expert Consultative Dialogue Session on Tuesday in Lagos, which focuses on the implementation plan of Nigeria’s draft National Maritime Strategy and is organized in collaboration with the Danish Government.
The UNODC representative highlighted the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) six-month report for 2021, which stated that piracy had dropped to its lowest level since Q2 2019. He said the regional and international Navies, regional organizations, and National Maritime Security Agencies had worked together to achieve results thus far, and that the UNODC in Nigeria supports the process of ensuring that the maritime security policy is in place and operating.
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”I commend in particular, the efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also called the Deep Blue Project,” Stolpe said.
”This project is being implemented by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as well as the Nigerian Navy’s increased presence within the maritime domain,” he added.
Mr Sune Krogstrup, the Danish Ambassador to Nigeria, stated that the Danish government is presently sponsoring programs aimed at strengthening marine governance institutions for the long term.
”The development of national maritime strategies is key to long-term maritime governance where security and everything are guaranteed,” he said.
Recall that, The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), according to Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, was established as a regulator of maritime safety and security on the country’s coastal waters, not to earn revenue.