Nigeria will host a global Maritime Security Conference from October 7 in Abuja.
The conference is being hosted by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy.
The Director-General of The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said the conference would come up with a formal declaration on solutions to maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.
Dr Dakuku decried the scourge of maritime insecurity, especially in the Gulf of Guinea.
He said there was urgent need for international collaboration to tackle the menace.
“Dealing with the issues of piracy and maritime crime requires inter-agency collaboration as well as regional collaboration between sister agencies in the participating countries,” he stated.
Dr Dakuku said a robust collection of international maritime security stakeholders have confirmed their attendance at the Global Maritime Security Conference, GMSC scheduled to hold in Abuja from October 7 to 9.
The conference is organised to address pertinent security issues in the Gulf of Guinea maritime domain.
The NIMASA Boss said about eight Chiefs of Naval Staff from Africa, 16 representatives of Chiefs of Naval Staff from the continent, and representatives of Chiefs of Naval Staff from Brazil, United States, and some European countries were expected at the conference.
He said, “We have full representation, we have Navies from 38 countries coming for the conference, including two Rear Admirals from the United States. The global naval community is well represented at the conference. We are also bringing the Head of Liberian Coast Guard, we are bringing the heads of coast guards from 27 countries. We have clearly confirmed over 500 foreigners coming for the conference and over 2,000 persons have registered for the Global Maritime Security Conference.”
Dr Dakuku, who is also Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), explained that “This is a tactical conference between developing countries, developed countries and high international partners to find solution to a problem that is affecting global commerce.
“Ninety per cent of commerce is conducted via seaborne trade, so whatever affects seaborne trade affects global commerce and has direct impact on development and quality of living of a people.
“At the end of the conference, we are expected to come up with the Abuja Declaration on Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea, which will be a document that will be a consensus agreement of all participants regarding what needs to be done to address the deteriorating situation. There will be a defined roadmap to deal with maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.”
The conference is the first of its kind in the Gulf of Guinea and follows in the tradition of similar events held globally.