The Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has stated that tackling the rising cases of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea required multi-stakeholder approach.
NIMASA’s Head of Public Relations, Hajia Lami Tumaka, said this while answering questions from journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on his way to Singapore.
The NIMASA D-G said that a legal framework that prescribed stiffer sanctions, a more vigorous and vigilant military- led patrol and better intelligence gathering network would help deal with the issue.
Peterside, who noted that the activities of pirates stifle shipping and, by extension, commerce, which is the major driver of global economy, observed that, “it is because of the priority given to tackling piracy that America created the coast guard, which had, so far, proven effective in tackling the crime.”
Peterside, who is in Singapore at the invitation of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, is billed to address a forum of maritime regulators and experts at this year’s Singapore Maritime Week on the topic: “Indispensible Shipping: Meeting the Regulatory Requirements”.