Urgent action needed against piracy in Gulf of Guinea


The shipping industry called for urgent action against the growing scourge of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea at the ‘Security in the Gulf of Guinea’ symposium held at the International Maritime Organisation headquarters in London this past weekend.

Figures from the International Maritime Bureau indicate that the number of attacks in the Gulf of Guinea doubled last year. 

Dakuku Peterside, director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (Nimasa), reaffirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the war on piracy and maritime crimes.

“Countries in and around the Gulf of Guinea are facing security challenges that need global support and cooperation to eradicate as they are severely affecting economy,” said Peterside.

Jakob Larsen, head of security at Bimco, pointed out that the region needed to cooperate.

“The problem can be solved easily and quickly, especially if Nigeria partners with international navies. Nigeria holds the key to solving this problem,” said Larsen.

 “We have no option but to work together, but we cannot have imposed solutions,” Peterside added.

 


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