—as Nimasa signs MoU with Korean Coast Guard.
Nigeria, through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has asked for the support of the Korean government in its bid to clinch the coveted category C seat at the International Maritime Organisation(IMO).
The IMO elections come up in December at the Organisation’s London headquarters.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, made the plea yesterday during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of cooperation in the field of Maritime Security and Safety with the Korean Coast Guard.
Dr. Bashir Jamoh signed on behalf of NIMASA while the Director-General, International Affairs, and Intelligence Bureau, Korean Coast Guard, Seonggi Kang signed on behalf of Korea.
The MoU provides a framework for NIMASA and the Korean Coast Guard is to develop, Coordinate, and Monitor the implementation of Maritime Security and Safety between both organisations.
During the signing, Dr. Jamoh said that the MoU will be implemented in the best interest of both countries, adding that it will ultimately enhance safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea.
According to Dr. Jamoh, “the relationship between Nigeria and Korea spans over many decades. This MoU which started with a statement of intent in 2018 is designed to reinforce the commitment of both countries to grow bilateral trade through maritime”.
Commenting on the emergence of Nigeria’s Dr Paul Adalikwu as the newly elected Secretary-General of the Maritime Organization for West and Central Africa, (MOWCA), Dr Jamoh said that it was another testimony of the trust the international community now bestow on Nigeria’s leadership role in the African maritime sector.
He also used the occasion to call on the Korean Government to support Nigeria’s quest to return to the council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) during the elections scheduled for the first week of December in London.
“It is worthy of note that Nigeria as a leading maritime nation in the West and Central Africa region is seeking election into the council in category C at the IMO. We trust you will convey our message to your home country on the need to support Nigeria.”
On his part, the Director for the International and Intelligence Bureau of the Korea Coast Guard (KCG) Seonggi Kang commended Nigeria for its commitment to the growth of the maritime industry.
He said, “we are impressed with the Nigerian Government’s commitment to safety and security in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea. We shall convey your message seeking support for the return to council at the IMO to our home country based on conviction.”
Seonggi Kang expressed optimism that the MoU will assist in addressing some issues in the Nigerian Maritime domain. According to him, “there are a lot of concerns in the Gulf of Guinea, especially with piracy and illegal fishing. We hope by signing this MoU, these challenges and others will be resolved”.
The NIMASA, Korean Coast Guard MoU, which is for an initial period of five years, will automatically be renewed for another five years unless either participant withdraws six months before the expiration.
The MoU covers Capacity Building, Information Sharing, Search and Rescue Liaison, and the establishment of hotlines for direct communication at all times.
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