The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that the Agency is ready to partner with the Defence Research and Development Bureau for the growth of the Nigerian maritime sector adding that research is a catalyst to attain sustainable development.
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In a rare outburst on Thursday, the President of the Shipowners Association of Nigeria Engr. Greg Ogbeifun took on both the Minister of Transport Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside with both regulators fiercely responding.
The Federal Government may have shelved its promise of floating some high-tech machinery to combat maritime crime in the nation’s troubled waters.
Under the initial target, the facilities were expected to have arrived Nigeria in August, but three n=months after, the project now appears elusive.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier this year, approved the sum of $186 million to procure machineries to fully combat maritime crimes.
The Nigerian Navy will have to wait a while longer to realize it's statutory objectives of providing security and defending Nigeria's territorial waters against external aggression insurrection.
This was the reality when stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry opposed moves by the Nigerian Navy seeking amendment to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety (NIMASA) Act to contribute 1% of its revenue to the Nigerian Navy.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that capacity building initiatives and sectorial reforms are critical elements that can address maritime security issues in the Gulf of Guinea. Dr. Dakuku made this position known in a paper presented at a G7 high level meeting on maritime security in Rome, Italy. The NIMASA DG noted that despite the security challenges being faced in the region, lots of concerted efforts with Stakeholders and other government Agencies have been put in place to check the menace.