NIGERIA, KOREAN COAST GUARD SIGN DIPLOMATIC PACT TO SECURE GULF OF GUINEA
The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), and the Republic of Korea has signed a Memorandum of Understanding of co-operation in the field of Maritime Security and Safety.
Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh signed the pact on behalf of Nigeria 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 Nigerian authorities and the Korean Coast Guard to develop, co-ordinate and monitor the implementation of Maritime Security and Safety between both Countries.
At the event on Tuesday, NIMASA DG, Dr Bashir Jamoh, said the MoU will be implemented to the best interests of both Countries. He said it will ultimately enhance safety and security in the troubled waters around the Gulf of Guinea.
"The relationship between Nigeria and Korean 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”. He said.
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, United Kingdom.
“It is worthy of note that Nigeria as a leading maritime Nation in the West and Central Africa region is seeking election into council in category C at the IMO. We trust you will convey our message to your home country on the need to support Nigeria", Dr Jamoh stated.
Director for International and Intelligence Bureau of the Korea Coast Guard (KCG) Seonggi Kang commended Nigeria for its commitment to the growth of the maritime industry.
"We are impressed with Nigerian Government's commitment to safety and security in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea. We shall convey your message seeking support for return to council at the IMO to our home country based on conviction", he said.
He also expressed optimism that the MoU will assist in addressing some issues in the Nigerian Maritime domain.
“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 Korean envoy added.
The NIMASA, Korean Coast Guard MoU is to last for an initial period of 5 years and will be automatically renewed for another 5 years unless either participant withdraws 6 months before the expiration.
It covers Capacity building, Information sharing, Search and rescue Liaison and establishment of hotlines for direct communication at all times.
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