MON NOVEMBER 7 2016-Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it has forced down piracy attacks in the Niger Delta coastlines and is now set to back up the dialogue going on between militants and the Federal Government.
Dakuku Peterside, director-general of the Agency, said the agency was already partnering with the military and Nigerian Navy in securing the nation’s waterways, an action he said has reduced piracy especially in the Niger Delta and given new lease of life to maritime business. The DG of NIMASA also said the presidency was working on a new maritime security architecture for the country.
Peterside said the agency would queue behind the Federal Government to meet developmental needs in the Niger Delta region, especially as it related to maritime administration.
The DG spoke against the background of the recent meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and representatives of the Niger Delta region under the aegis of Pan-Niger Delta Forum, at the State House, Abuja.
The meeting also had in attendance governors, ministers, service chiefs, traditional rulers, civil society groups, Inspector General of Police among others.
According to him, “NIMASA as a parastatal under the Ministry of Transportation would support every move by the Federal Government to bring about the much desired development in the Niger Delta region.
He added; “We are already restructuring NIMASA in such a manner that more powers will be devolved to the zonal offices. The Eastern and Central Zones of which the Niger Delta is an integral part would be given facelift to make them more responsive to the demands of the time.”