The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that Maritime Administrations (MARADs) in Africa are set to tackle piracy, sea crime and illegal migration on the continent.
The NIMASA boss, who disclosed this in a chat with maritime journalists, said the continent through its leaders have put in place the necessary framework to tackle all forms of criminalities, which will guarantee safety and security of lives and property and help harness the benefits of the blue economy.
According to him, â€œSome of the instruments being proposed to tackle crimes include: the Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS) 2050, the YaoundÃ© Code of Conduct, the Djibouti Code of Conduct and the Lome Charter amongst other strategiesâ€.
Speaking further, Peterside hinted that as part of its Medium Term Goals, AAMA as a body intends to partner non-governmental organisations (NGOs), who are involved in rescue operations on the sea and international partners to tackle the challenge of migration by sea.
He also added that in order to stem the tide of illegal migration, the association is in the process of empanelling studies in selected African countries on illegal migration to enable them provide empirical data to the African Union for action.
â€œLet me assure you that African Maritime Administrations are determined to tackle the challenges in the maritime sector to maximise the benefits of the blue economy, but Africa and Africans are the ones to lead the search for solution to the problems plaguing African Maritime domain; the support of the International community will only be complimentary to the effort of Africansâ€, he averred.
It may be recalled that the 22nd Ordinary Session of Heads of States and Governments adopted the 2050 AIM Strategy and its Plan of Action, including a roadmap for the incremental implementation of the strategy,â€ he said.
Peterside, who is the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, was recently unanimously elected as the Chairman of AAMA during the 3rd conference of the Association held in Abuja.
Since his appointment, he has demonstrated commitment to making Africa maritime administration a pride in the comity of maritime nations through various collaborative meetings and wide consultations with Stakeholders and industry players, geared towards making the African continent take its rightful place in the global maritime space.