The Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum and Shared Awareness and De-confliction Conference (GOG-MCF/SHADE) has identified cooperation at sea between regional and international Navies as focus at its inaugural plenary.
This was disclosed in a joint communiqué signed by the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Inter-Regional Coordination Centre (ICC) Yaoundé, dated Sunday, June 11, 2021.
According to the communique, the conference is scheduled to take place in July.
“The online meeting will be hosted by the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute (GOGMI) in Accra, Ghana, and will be by invitation of the SHADE Co-chairs, the ICC and the Nigerian Navy.
“There will be two sessions at the meeting.
“The morning session, which will formally open the historic plenary and include welcome addresses by regional and international dignitaries.
“The second session in which the plenary co-chairs would set the vision and plan for what GOG-MCF/SHADE will seek to accomplish,” it said.
The ICC Yaoundé and Nigeria noted that the meeting was to produce meaningful actions and measures that translated to a significant increase in the cooperation at sea between regional and international navies, the international shipping industry and the maritime stakeholders in the GOG.
It said that these actions would be delivered by three working groups.
“The Cooperation at Sea (Operations), Reporting and Information Sharing, and Air De-Confliction, with each working group chaired by a regional representative and supported by a Subject Matter Expert.
“The maiden GOG-MCF/SHADE plenary will be an invitation-only working meeting.
“It will initially focus on implementing the framework by bringing together stakeholders who have committed to tackling piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea.
“The co-chairs will provide a full report of the activities of the forum on an ongoing basis and consequently review and adapt the meeting as required to achieve its intended goals.
“Nigeria and the Inter-Regional Coordination Centre (ICC) Yaoundé recently floated the GOG-MCF/SHADE following discussions between the Director-General of NIMASA, representing Nigeria and Executive Director of ICC Yaoundé, Admiral Narciso Fastudo Jr.
“The forum aims to galvanise regional and international efforts for security in the Gulf of Guinea,” it said.
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The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has disclosed that the Agency is set to reopen the Lokoja office, as part of efforts towards harnessing the Blue Economy, enhancing collaboration, while also promoting Research and Development.
The DG, who made this known when he played host to the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (KADSEMA), Mal. Usman Hayatu Mazadu at the head office of the Agency in Lagos, noted that investment in research would play a major role in ensuring the harnessing of Nigeria’s maritime potentials.
“The key cardinal principle of opening the NIMASA Lokoja office is to improve on Research and Development.
He said, “Now, the Blue Economy has come to stay and very soon you will see the impact of what we have; in terms of the gains and benefits to grow our Gross Domestic Product while improving the well-being of our own Economy”.
Earlier in his remarks, Mallam Usman of KADSEMA lauded the Agency for the feat achieved so far, which cuts across the entire Nigeria.
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