The Nigerian government has approved investment of 186 million USD in acquisition of 3 helicopters and 12 fast intervention vessels to improve the surveillance and patrol of the Nigerian maritime environment, as well as develope the communication with the Nigerian navy in the territorial waters. With new technology, NIMASA will keep an eye to the vessels and suspicious activity in the the gulf, which is one of the hotspots for piracy in recent years.
“While acknowledging the fact that piracy is a global problem which is not peculiar to one continent or country, the need for a concerted and coordinated approach in tackling the menace cannot be overstated”, said Dakuku Peterside, quoted by MarineLink. “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”, added he.
The increasing number of piracy attacks in Gulf of Guinea during the last years, pushed the country to take more serious measures. The region around Nigerian Delta is well know place for seafarers, where most of the attacks occur, due to existence of separatists groups and ex militans, which are well trained and armed.