Determined to ensure optimum safety, the Federal Government has hinted of its plans to establish a new law aimed at curtailing illegal activities on Nigeria’s waterways.
The bill on ‘Suppression of Piracy and other Unlawful; Acts at Sea,’ is currently with the executive arm of government waiting to be transmitted top the legislative chambers for proper processing into law.
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the rebranding of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as part of the Federal Government’s effort to enhance economic diversification and repositioning of the maritime sector as the country’s highest revenue earner in the very near future.
As over 30 African Countries converge on Abuja for the third Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) annual conference hosted by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), one thing on the minds of the participants is how African governments and littoral states can leverage on the potential of the seas and oceans around them to improve the fortunes of their citizens and compete favourably among the comity of maritime nations. Chukwunonso Udeh reports.