The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA has declared Nigeria’s unwavering commitment to its leadership role in the war on piracy and maritime crimes in the Gulf of Guinea region, an area widely considered the global challenging maritime crime base in Africa.

NIMASA Director-General, Dakuku Peterside made the declaration in a keynote address he delivered at a symposium on Security in the Gulf of Guinea at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organisation, IMO in London.

The meeting was jointly organised by IMO, Baltic and International Maritime Council, International Marine Contractors Association, IMCA, International Transport Workers’ Federation, Oil Companies International Marine Forum and the International Chamber of Shipping. It had in attendance MDs and CEO’s of top multinational shipping, oil and gas, and logistics firms.

Dakuku said the Gulf of Guinea, countries were facing serious security challenges that had affected their economies severely and, therefore, needed global support and cooperation to tackle the problem.