The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on Friday called for collective stakeholder collaboration on safety in the maritime sector.
Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General of NIMASA, made the call during a one-day sensitization workshop organized by the Agency, in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Agency National Emergency Management (SEMA) in Port Harcourt.
Jamoh, who was represented by Mr. Ceche Osango, Director of Special Maritime and Security Duties, said the workshop aimed to create a platform for stakeholders in the maritime sector to interact and see how support each other to provide solutions to the security challenges encountered. in industry.
According to the director, the collaboration will particularly help those involved in the maritime sector to ensure safety and security in the industry.
“We believe that working with all stakeholders, military, paramilitary and community, will enhance our resources today and come up with insights on which we can continuously support each other and be able to deliver results with our common goal which is to provide security.
“We appreciate that every body has a role to play, which is why we partner with our sister agencies, NEMA, SEMA, who work with us to ensure these types of situations are taken care of,” said he declared.
He said piracy on the waterways was one of the challenges Nigeria has fallen in the Gulf of Guinea, saying insecurity was affecting merchant shipping and required collaboration and solutions to tackle the challenges.
Similarly, Mr. Godwin Tepikor, the State Coordinator of NEMA in Rivers, represented by Mr. Damian Egwu, one of the State staff, said the call for collaboration was appropriate as the insecurity was becoming a permanent challenge in the country.
Tepiko said the country’s maritime sector had faced insecurity as it expanded over the years in the Gulf of Guinea, which had contributed to economic sabotage.
He said this contributed to the drop in GDP on oil production from 2 million to 1.2 million barrels due to insecurity.
He called on state stakeholders to unite to tackle insecurity, saying the threat could not be handled by a single security agency or team.
Stakeholders present were representatives from the Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Police, Civil Defense Corps, Nigeria Road Safety Corps and Federal Defense Service, Nigeria NAN News Agency reports. ‘fire. (NOPE)