Fresh indication emerged on the move by the federal government of Nigeria to propose a bill to the national assembly that will address maritime piracy..
This was made known yesterday in Lagos, by the Senior Special Adviser on Maritime Affairs to the President, Mr. Leke Oyewole while highlighting some of the challenges on the nation’s territorial water.
Speaking at a one day conference on “Preventing Terrorism and Insurgency In The Nigerian Maritime Domain” put together by the Maritime Correspondents’ Organisation Of Nigeria, MARCON, Oyewole disclosed that non existence of laws against piracy in Nigerian waters has sent a wrong signal to the international community, but the government is ready to address such menaces as it affect the industry.
The SSA on maritime affairs noted that the current challenges faced by the industry are inherited by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration even as he added that non existence of a maritime law is the bane of insecurity in the domain.
“We inherited it and we have continued to address it and one of the gap is the inadequacy of the surveillance system along our coast”.
He stressed that tanker vessels, fishing trawlers and service boats are prone to attacks while cargo ships have been trading successful without attacked by pirate or sea robbers.
Highlighting some the challenges on the nation’s territorial domain, Oyewole noted that “ what is the problem with the fishing trawlers, what is the problem with the service boats and tanker vessels and why are they been attacked”
“As far as the tanker vessels are concern, violence against them can be said to be occasioned by shape practises of the operators of the vessels which can be linked to subsidy, oil theft, adulteration and evasion of port charges and it is the main sources of violence against tankers”.
He said fishing trawlers are been attacked at sea for the purpose to collect money from crew on board vessels adding that it is a source of violence against the fishing trawlers.
Information from National Mirror was used in this report.