The federal government has approved the procurement of three helicopters and 12 intervention vessels for the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA to fight piracy and other illegal activities on the nation’s territorial waters.
This was made known in a statement by the agency’s Director-General, Dakuku Peterside, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.
“As part of efforts by the Federal Government of Nigeria in demonstrating its commitment to fighting piracy and other maritime crimes, the sum of One Hundred and Eighty Six Million Dollars ($186, 000, 000. 00) was recently approved for maritime security infrastructure.” he said.
Peterside said the FG is providing the vessels to ensure coastal and aerial surveillance and patrol of the Nigerian maritime environment by the Nigerian Navy and NIMASA.
The DG also stated that the agency was in partnership with the Nigerian Navy to build safety systems in the country’s waterways.
“In the area of inter-agency cooperation, it is expedient to mention that NIMASA recently renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the Nigerian Navy to strengthen collaboration between NIMASA and the Navy to enhance the safety and security of navigation in our waters as, well as leverage on the use of the Federal Government’s Falcon Eye Satellite systems domiciled with the Nigerian Navy including NIMASA’s Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems to respond to distress calls within Nigerian waters in order to prevent and adequately respond to threats within the Nigerian maritime environment ”, the DG stated.
By Bright Bassey