Synergy Among Govt. Agencies, Tool for Tackling Piracy
By Sandra Ukele.
The Director General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside says proper information sharing, suitable legal framework and synergy among government agencies will aid curb criminalities in the nation's territorial waters and the Gulf of Guinea.
Making this known at the first specialized meeting on maritime piracy organised by INTERPOL Regional Bureau of West Africa in Lagos recently, Dakuku calls on stakeholders to work harmoniously in order to procure a lasting solution to the piracy scourge.
"We have at no point prosecuted crimes on our waterways and the security agencies must initiate it. Every other person may give us assistance, but we have a role to play in ensuring our waterways are safe and secure for maritime business to thrive, therefore this meeting should not just be a mere talkshow because doing things the same way cannot produce results," he affirmed.
Accordingly the DG NIMASA aplauded the Interpol for the initiative noting that it will engender synergy among government agencies stressing that NIMASA will always support any initiative that will foster the growth and development of the maritime sector.
Meanwhile, the convener of the event Mr. Sunday Okoebor lamented the spate of criminal activities in the Gulf of Guinea and blamed it on a lack of synergy among security agents. This he confirmed has made it impossible to have successful prosecutions.
Mr. Okeobor calls for capacity development of law enforcement officers of various countries belonging to the region.