Nigeria, ICC Yaounde Pioneer Initiative to Counter Piracy in Gulf of Guinea


Daniel Terungwa

Nigeria and the Inter Regional Coordination Centre (ICC) Yaounde have formed a forum to galvanise regional and international efforts to ensure security in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG).

The Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum (GOG-MCF/SHADE) was floated after fruitful meetings between the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh and Executive Director of ICC Yaounde, Admiral Narciso Fastudo Jr.

A joint statement by NIMASA, Nigerian Navy and ICC Yaounde said GOG-MCF/SHADE, which was purposed to facilitate shared awareness and deconfliction of activities in the Gulf of Guinea, “will be open to all GOG countries with similar capacities to join on a voluntary basis.”

According to the statement, “GOG-MCF/SHADE will focus on counter-piracy and armed robbery by bringing together regional, international industry and NGO partners to advance and coordinate near team maritime activities with a view to working toward a set of common operational objectives in order to protect seafarers and ships operating off the coast of West and Central Africa.”

Jamoh and Fastudo agreed to hold the first virtual meeting of GOG-MCF/SHADE as soon as practicable, saying modalities would be announced later.

“Due to its complementary nature, the G7++Group of Friends of the Gulf of Guinea (G7++FOGG) would support the creation of GOG-MCF/SHADE, which would comprise an open plenary session; working group meetings; working group chairs, coordination meeting; and a plenary session report,” the statement read.

The Director General of NIMASA said, “the new maritime security framework speaks to our own integrated approach to security in the country’s waters and the Gulf of Guinea. We have always believed in bringing all maritime stakeholders on board in the security, and we have proffered that as a solution at various forums without regional and international partners.

“I am confident that cooperative efforts and shared capabilities are the best approach to success in our collective quest for maritime security.”

Leave A Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More