Maritime Security: Inter-Agency Collaboration Critical to Sustaining Government’s Efforts – NIMASA DG

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, says inter-agency collaboration is critical to sustaining the efforts towards curbing criminal activities in the Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

Dr. Jamoh made the remark when he played host to the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Major General (rtd) Barry Ndiomu, at the headquarters of the Agency in Lagos.

He applauded the visit of the Amnesty boss, noting that it was timely and a wake-up call for synergies to sustain the tempo of policing the Nigerian waters, while also actively engaging and empowering the youths on opportunities in the Nigerian maritime sector.

In his words, “Nigeria has received several commendations from the international community for the visible successes achieved in addressing insecurity in our maritime domain. As such, they are watching to see if we can sustain the tempo, hence the Agency’s willingness to partner with the Presidential Amnesty Programme and other relevant bodies”

The NIMASA boss briefed the Amnesty Interim Administrator on the viability of creating jobs through the Blue Economy, noting that the maritime sector has the wherewithal to engage the youths, as this will dissuade them from the nefarious activities of perpetuating crimes on the nation’s waterways.

“The Nigerian maritime industry is large enough to sustainably and actively engage the teeming youths, as there are enormous opportunities in the industry that the youths can take advantage of to generate foreign earnings”, the DG said.

He further reiterated the Agency’s readiness to collaborate with the Presidential Amnesty Programme in reintegrating beneficiaries of the Amnesty programme into the society.

Earlier in his remarks, Major General Ndiomu (rtd) called on NIMASA to fashion out workable and sustained partnerships towards creating opportunities for teeming youths in the Niger Delta region.

L-R: Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Engr. Victor Ochei, Director General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, OFR and Interim Administrator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) Major General (rtd) Barry Ndiomu when the Interim Administrator paid a courtesy visit to the headquarters of NIMASA in Lagos.

General Ndiomu also disclosed that the PAP has trained a large number of youths across institutions in the world in various specializations, some of which include Deep Sea Diving, Underwater Welding, and Marine Engineering, hence the reason for seeking partnership with the Agency to engage them actively on maritime related opportunities.


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