By Mitchelle Uzorka, 08:54am
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency Dr. Bashir Jamoh says the Agency is committed to continuously collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria attains the status of not only the hub of maritime activities in the West and Central Africa region but also a major maritime player globally.
Dr. Jamoh who reiterated this in Lagos during an interactive session with media stakeholders recently noted the steady progress in terms of maritime security safety and growing capacity for the industry.
The NIMASA DG said that the statistics released by the International Maritime Bureau, IMB, showing piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea dropping from 81 in year 2020 to 34 in 2021 representing 58.02% was not by accident, but a product of conscious collaborative efforts by the Agency, the Nigerian Navy and other stakeholders in the region.
He also noted that the IMB report also shows a 62% decrease in the number of crew kidnapping incidents in the Gulf of Guinea which reduced from 150 in 2020 to 57 in 2021.