the Chief Executive of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh (middle); Director, Marine Environment Management (MEM), Ms. Aishatu A Jidda (3rd from right); International Maritime Organization (IMO) Facilitator, Phillip Heyl (2ndright); Rear Admiral OC Medani Rtd. (3rd from left); Chief, International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS), of NIMASA, Mr. Isa Mudi (2ndleft) and other NIMASA staff during the inauguration of an Expert Level Planning Team (ELPT) for the drafting of the National Maritime Security Strategy (NMSS) with a view to sustaining the successes of the Agency in the fight against piracy.
• Appreciates IMO technical assistance
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has inaugurated the Agency’s Expert Level Planning Team (ELPT) to draft the National Maritime Security Strategy ( NMSS) to support the Agency’s successes in the fight against piracy.
Jamoh also commended the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for its technical support to Nigeria in assigning facilitators to assist the country.
According to the DG, maritime security will always be a priority concern for the Agency, noting that it is the foundation and guarantee of any significant maritime enterprise.
The DG of NIMASA said the strategy will become the culmination of all the efforts, initiatives and partnerships that the Agency has launched as part of its “Triple S” of developing safety, security and navigation Maritimes when he took office in March 2020.
He said: “There is no doubt that maritime security is the foundation and the guarantee of any significant maritime enterprise. From crew and cargo to carrier to shore and dock, there needs to be security all the way for trust to drive the economy of shipping.
“Maritime security has always been and will remain a priority. You are all aware of the current successes achieved in ensuring maritime security in the national maritime domain and throughout the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).
“Specifically, the GoG region is experiencing an unprecedented decline in hacking incidents over the past three decades. Just last week, the International Maritime Bureau (the IMB) finally confirmed all the progress we have made and announced for months that said piracy in the Gulf of Guinea – has actually gone down. It is a fact of which we can all be proud.
“Furthermore, it is the product of concerted efforts by the Agency in collaboration with other concerned government agencies such as the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, the Department of State Security (DSS) and several other state and non-state actors and stakeholders with security responsibilities.
Jamoh emphasized that NIMASA is aware of the dynamic nature of maritime security threats; hence the need to take deliberate steps to ensure the sustainability of its achievements, through the establishment of a coordinated whole-of-government approach to maritime security issues.
He said the Agency’s strategic responsibilities to protect ships, seafarers, ship cargo, cargo, ports and all other assets in Nigeria’s maritime domain as required by the NIMASA Act , the implementing regulations of the ISPS code (2014) and, more recently, the suppression of piracy and the law on other maritime offenses (SPOMO) allow it to successfully pilot the collaborative development of the SNSM.
“So it is my hope that by the end of this program you will not only be trained as Maritime Security Professionals (MSPs), but you will also be equipped with the skills required to deliver similar training on behalf of the Agency. to persons who intend to perform specific maritime security functions.
“The Expert Learning Planning Team (ELPT) is to develop a National Maritime Security Strategy (NMSS) Master Plan. This would serve as the basis for your determination of the members of the intergovernmental working group (WG) who will carry out the next steps in this drafting process.
Jamoh thanked the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the technical assistance through Philip Heyl and Rear Admiral OC Medani of the Nigerian Navy (Rtd) who facilitated the sessions.
He added that IMO’s continued support enabled the Agency to develop a workable multi-phase plan, which it is currently implementing.