Peterside Says Conference Offers Platform for Tackling Piracy in Gulf Guinea

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NIMASA Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that the Global Maritime Conference just held in Abuja would present a platform for the world to tackle piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

The NIMASA Director General who spoke while welcoming delegates to the Global Maritime Conference in Abuja said that Maritime insecurity remains one of the significant challenges affecting international trade and the quest for sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and creation of jobs.

He noted that the scourge of maritime insecurity, of which the Gulf of Guinea has been one of the hotspots, which has hindered global maritime considering the importance of the Gulf to international commerce and the global energy, balance.

He said this made Nigeria take the initiative by convening this Global Conference to examine the maritime security challenges in the region.

“Nigeria is keen to drive this initiative because it is a significant destination in the international and domestic shipping map, accounting for over 65% of cargo generated from the Gulf of Guinea region and with rich endowments in oil and gas reserves” he said.

While commenting about the conference he said global maritime experts will be making presentations in the course of the three day Conference with eleven (11) thematic sessions which have been carefully chosen to ensure holistic coverage of the multidimensional issues associated with maritime security in the 21st century.

Meanwhile, the countries in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region have been advised to establish specialised maritime courts to handle cases of sea robbery, Establish Special Court For Maritime Cases, Panellists tell GoG Countries.

The countries in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region have been advised to establish specialised maritime courts to handle cases of sea robbery, piracy and other maritime offences.

This is one of the recommendations reached at a thematic panel sessions tagged, “Maritime Governance and Blue Economy held on Monday at the ongoing Global Maritime Security Conference in Abuja.

This is one of the recommendations reached at a thematic panel sessions tagged, “Maritime Governance and Blue Economy held on Monday at the ongoing Global Maritime Security Conference in Abuja.

The thematic session, which was moderated by Adekola Oyenuga, the Chief Executive Officer of AO Blue Economy & Energy Consulting had Christina Katsouri an associate Fellow Africa Programme, Chatham house as the lead speaker.

The panellists are Dr Ifesinachi Okafor, Commander Tsietsi Mokhele, Abou Bamba and dr Robert McCabe.

According to the recommendations made available to newsmen, the speakers said the establishment of the specialised maritime courts would be desirable to ensure quick dispensation of cases.

The panellists also agreed that the Nigerian Government should re-invest in the Niger-Delta communities, educate, create skills development and enshrine adequate compensation scheme for the youths in the communities.

The recommendation reads, “Nigerian Government should re-invest in the Niger-Delta communities, educate, create skills development and enshrine adequate compensation scheme for the youths in the communities “Governments should review and revise extant fishing laws and regulations and as well as ensure enforcement of the laws with particular attention on monitoring, control and surveillance.

“Emplace all inclusive approach in the collaboration between relevant public and private entities for the actualization of the Blue Economy.”

They also advised that Nigerian government should build peace and provide social amenities in the Niger Delta region for peace in the GoG region.

“States should provide for decisive leadership in the blue and ocean economy. Establish specialised maritime courts to handle cases of sea robbery; piracy and other maritime offences may be desirable to ensure quick dispensation of cases.

“The Nigerian Government should build peace in the Niger Delta by providing social amenities, investing in sustainable livelihood for the communities in the zone.

“African Countries should leverage on the existing opportunities in deep sea mining activities and the resources abound in areas beyond national jurisdiction by taking advantage their membership status with the international seabed authority and applying for mining licenses.” Global maritime security conference day.

 

 




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