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Maritime insecurity, criminal activities at sea, climate vulnerability and poor infrastructure are impeding the development of Nigerian blue economy.
The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside dropped the hint at the seventh strategic admiralty law seminar for judges jointly organised by the agency and Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Victoria Island, Lagos on Monday.
He stressed the need for an integrated approach and multi sector and government partnership towards the implementation of a road map within the national and international framework.
The director general noted that the seminar was initiated by NIMASA for Judges of the Federal High Court bearing in mind the exclusive jurisdiction of the court over admiralty matters.
Peterside noted that NIMASA was committed to ensuring safe and secure shipping, enforcing marine pollution prevention and control laws, the regulation of maritime labour and the promotion of indigenous capacity in both local and International shipping.
The director general in his welcome address explained that the agency had in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, has facilitated the draft of an anti piracy bill which had been forwarded to the National Assembly for necessary legislative action. He explained that when the draft bill passed into law, it would provide a robust and detailed framework to criminalise and punish piracy and other unlawful acts in the Nigerian waters while giving further expression to the relevant provisions of the international treaties on maritime security to which Nigeria is a party.
He said: “We have also reviewed our existing partnerships with the Nigerian Navy and Nigerian Air Force to boost our enforcement capability and ensure compliance with extant maritime laws thereby enhancing the jurisdiction of the courts.”

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