Nigeria: ECOWAS Parliament committee ends meeting in Lagos

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has charged member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to eradicate the scourge of piracy in the sub-region to grow their economies.

He observed that the adoption of the ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy (EIMS) and the 2012 Yaoundé declaration of the Heads of State and Governments of Central and West African States on Maritime Safety and Security is a clear demonstration of the critical role of the ECOWAS parliament in ensuring safety and security of the sub-region's shipping and maritime transportation.

He was speaking on Wednesday at a one day meeting of the Joint Committee on Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the ECOWAS Parliament in Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr Peterside  stated that the fight against piracy must be the collective responsibility of member states to be successful.

The meeting was on the theme, "Maritime Security and the Fight Against Piracy: The role of the ECOWAS Parliament in the Implementation of the Integrated Maritime Security Policy of ECOWAS."

It was held one month after the signing of the Lome Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development in Africa under the auspices of the African Union.

The objectives of these two sub-regional instruments are in sync with the goals of the African Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS) 2050 which culminated into the signing of a Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development in Africa on 15 October, 2015.  

While acknowledging that the ocean provides a unique opportunity to optimise the benefits of the blue economy and to provide special opportunity to tap into the benefits of nature, Dr Peterside urged the participants to engage in sensitising member countries on a harmonised legal framework that will ensure safe, secure shipping and cleaner oceans in the ECOWAS sub-region.

“Our economies are unfortunately tied to the prospects of the ocean; the ocean is the medium for which most of our trade and transactions are conducted; the ocean also provides a unique opportunity for us to optimise the benefits of the blue economy and a special opportunity for us to tap into the benefits of nature,” Dr. Peterside said
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