Dakuku peterside
Dakuku peterside

Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has said that search and rescue, SAR operation is a collective responsibility in the West and Central Africa Region and the entire global maritime scene.
A statement made available to our correspondent by the Head of Public Relations, Hajiya Lami Tumaka, noted that Peterside stated this in Lagos at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Technical Session of the Regional Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre, RMRCC, comprising of the West and Central Africa Sub-Region.
The director general, who was represented by the Head, Maritime Safety and Seafarers Standards Department of the Agency, Mr. Femowei Abel, said NIMASA was committed to SAR operations in the region.
He called on other member states to support the quest for safety and security in the Sub-Region.
“Shipping is a global business and it is one of the activities that knit all economies in the world together.
“So the need for safety of lives and security at sea as highlighted by the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, in its convention cannot be overstated.”
Earlier in his address, the Chief Executive Officer of the International Maritime Rescue Federation, IMRF, Mr. Bruce Reid, said that over 400,000 lives were lost yearly to marine incidences globally.
He said that collaboration between maritime nations was very necessary in order to mitigate the scourge.
Reid, whose organisation is an independent body with consultative status with the IMO, also commended Nigeria for her coordinating role in SAR operations in the West and Central Africa sub-region.
He pledged the readiness of the IMO to work with the region in other challenging areas.


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