01 Dec 2021

The issue of security and safety in Nigeria’s waterways, up to the entire Gulf of Guinea, is one that will always be on the front burner and receive priority attention from the Federal Government, as long as the country remains part of the international maritime community. It is the only way the country can hope to benefit optimally from being a member of the shipping community whose act...

24 Nov 2021

The emergence of Dr. Paul Adalikwu, a Nigerian, as the Secretary-General of the 25-member Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) comes with a lot of implications for the country in particular, maritime business in the Gulf of Guinea and, indeed, the international maritime community in general. First of all, it re-affirms Nigeria’s leading role in the region where it ...

17 Nov 2021

Waste management by governments at different levels in Nigeria has remained an intractable problem, despite various measures that have been put in place to prevent it from reaching a crisis proportion. While the issue hasn’t been collection of waste from homes and industrial establishments by agencies set up by the various governments for that purpose, the main challenge has been how to ...

10 Nov 2021

Piracy and other forms of maritime criminality are phenomena that have been with humanity for centuries and are therefore issues countries have had to live with over time. In Nigeria and, indeed, the Gulf of Guinea, piracy, hijacking of ships, kidnapping of seafarers, oil theft and pipeline vandalism, drug trafficking, illegal fishing, etc. have in the last two decades constituted a w...

03 Nov 2021

The Nigerian Seafarers Development Programme (NSDP) was established in 2008 as a strategic national policy initiative on human capital development for the maritime sector of the nations economy. The programme, which is under the management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), was borne out of the need to harness the country’s opportunity of being a coastal ...

27 Oct 2021

The Atlantic Ocean is that vast body of water that extends to five continents – North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Antarctica – and is the second largest after the Pacific Ocean. The security and safety of the water for the sustenance of international trade and other benefits that are derivable from the sea should be of primary concern not just to countries that border the Atla...

20 Oct 2021

There are strong indications that the security situation in Nigeria’s waterways up to the Gulf of Guinea is improving. The Q3 2021 report of the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) is loud and clear on this. This is cheering news for stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry in particular and the country in general. The report says the Gulf of Guinea recorded 28 incidents of pira...

16 Oct 2021

“Maritime Domain Awareness is where it all begins. We cannot conduct the operation that we must if we don’t have a good sense of what’s out there, moving on, above or under the sea.” – Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S Navy. Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) represents the range of knowledge of a very wide and all-encompassing subject matter crucial to the maritime security of any nation. It i...

09 Oct 2021

The effort by the current administration at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to drive the paradigm shift from crude oil to the Blue Economy is informed by the need to seek alternative sources of revenue for the country to what has been the traditional source for decades. This is in line with the move by the federal government to diversify the nation’s ec...

04 Oct 2021

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is currently working to shift attention from crude oil as the main source of revenue for the country to what is known as the Blue Economy. This follows the relative success of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project, which has brought about a drastic ...