The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, revealed that piracy in the Gulf of Guinea has decreased by 60%. The agency boss said hacking incidents had fallen to 34 from 81 over the past year.
Jamoh said the Agency is committed to continuously engage with all stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria not only achieves status as a hub for maritime activities in the West and Central Africa region , but also a major global maritime player. He said this in Lagos during an interactive session with media players over the weekend, noting the steady progress that NIMASA has made in terms of maritime safety and growing capacity for the industry.
The DG of NIMASA said that the statistics published by the International Maritime Bureau, IMB, showing that piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea fell from 81 in 2020 to 34 in 2021, representing 58.02%, were not not an accident, but the product of conscious collaborative efforts by the Agency, the Nigerian Navy and other stakeholders in the region. He also noted that the IMB report also shows a 62% decrease in the number of crew kidnapping incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, which fell from 150 in 2020 to 57 in 2021.
Commenting on the statutory levies that stakeholders pay to the federal government through the Agency, Jamoh reaffirmed that the NIMASA levies comply with the provisions of the law that established the Agency.
“The NIMASA 2007 law, which is our guiding principle, only states that our charges must be a component of gross freight and must be paid by shipowners and not in terms of proceeds to traders or any other entity,” said the DG .
Further speaking, the Managing Director of NIMASA said that all payments, either in hard currency or Naira, are paid into the Federal Government Treasury Single Account, adding that in the long term, it was in the interest of all Nigerians that the country was going no further. lose any source of income due to underpayment of statutory charges or levies.
Commenting on the recent explosion that occurred on Trinity Spirit Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO), the CEO of NIMASA called the incident unfortunate. He said the NIMASA team was working with other relevant government bodies to establish the immediate and remote causes of the fire explosion.
He noted that the issue of environmental pollution had been highlighted in the preliminary report and that the Agency would work with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) through the International Oil Pollution Compensation.
(IOPC Funds) funds for compensation of all losses in and around the installation. He said the public will be informed of full details regarding the incident as the situation develops.
The DG then took the opportunity to roll out some of the Agency’s achievements in 2021, including improving the contribution to the federal government’s treasury from $31 billion in 2020 to approximately $37 billion in 2021. , 43.6% increase in the state survey for flag registration by the Agency in 2021 compared to the performance of the year 2020; the reactivation of the online certificate verification platform to reduce the falsification of the certificate of Nigerian seafarers and improve the employment of Nigerian seafarers; improved strategic collaboration with the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army and the Office of the National Security Adviser, Jamoh noted, has helped reduce attacks by piracy off the coast of the Gulf of Guinea, as there was not a single attack on Nigerian waters in Q3 2021, as reported by the International Maritime Bureau.