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DG NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh

As part of measures to sustain the drastic reduction in pirate attacks in the country and the Gulf of Guinea region, which led to Nigeria’s delisting from the global piracy list by the Malaysia-based International Maritime Bureau IMB, the country is set to host a two-day Gulf of Guinea maritime security parley next week, barring any last minute change in the scheme of things.

To this effect, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA the lead agency under the Ministry of Transport and the Nigerian Navy in partnership with the Inter-Regional Coordination Centre ICC Yaoundé have concluded arrangements to host the fifth plenary of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum for the Shared Awareness and Deconfliction (GOG-MCF/SHADE)

The Gulf of Guinea MCF/SHADE 5th plenary which is scheduled to take place in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja from May 10th – 11th is themed: “Enduring and Sustainable Security” and all regional Navies amongst other international stakeholders are expected to attend.

Speaking ahead of the forum, Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, identified regional co-operation as having played an important role in reducing incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
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According to him; “the establishment of GOG-MCF/SHADE has enabled working-level stakeholders from the GoG region and outside the region to connect and discuss how best to tackle piracy in the area. We believe that this has been a catalyst for non-regional stakeholders to step up and initiate effective maritime law enforcement operations to support regional efforts.

“These collaborative initiatives and efforts of the Nigerian Navy and other regional Navies including the deployment of the Deep Blue Project, has been responsible for the considerable reduction in piracy incidents on Nigerian waters and the GoG region. It is noteworthy that the IMB has removed Nigeria from the global piracy list. Achieving this feat is not easy, but sustaining the status will be more challenging. Our goal is to sustain this new status of a piracy free Gulf of Guinea.”

Recall that the Gulf of Guinea collaboration Forum SHADE was established by Nigeria and 22 countries of the ICC in July 2021. The goal was to implement effective operational counter -piracy cooperation amongst regional and international Navies as well as the shipping industry and reporting Centres of the Yaounde Code of Conduct (ICC) for the a Regional Strategy for Maritime Safety and Security in Central and West Africa region.

The previous edition of the plenary held virtually in July last year, due to travel restrictions occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, and was hosted by the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute (GOGMI) in Accra, Ghana.

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of State for Transport, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral AZ Gambo and the DG NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh are leading participants in plenary from Nigeria while Captain Bell Bell of the ICC-Yaounde woul lead the international Navies.

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