Nigeria, Singapore Partner To Fight Maritime Piracy

Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman (2nd left), Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr Sokonte Davies (3rd right), General Manager Physical Planning and Development, Engr. Mohammed Ahmed Rufai (2nd right), Port Manager, Lagos Ports Complex (LPC)Hajia Aisha Ali Ibrahim (left) at the commissioning of the emergency clinic at Lagos Ports Complex, Apapa, Lagos last week .  

Minister of Transportation; Mr Rotimi Amaechi said Nigeria is partnering with foreign companies to get rid of piracy on the Nigerian waterways.Amaechi said this when a delegation of Singapore’s Senior Minister of State on Trade and Investment paid a courtesy visit on him on Thursday in Abuja.According to him, the level of piracy is high and the Federal Government is partnering with other countries to resolve it.“We can also learn from Singapore on how to manage space; Singapore has 719 square kilometre and Nigeria has about a million.“We are having maritime security challenges. We are currently occupying number one position and we need to quit that position for someone else.“The level of piracy appears to be high, but the Federal Government has approved some level of partnership with foreign companies to get the Nigerian waterways off piracy”.Responding, Singapore’s Senior Minister of State on Trade and Investment, Dr. Koh Poh Koon said the visit was to strengthen the Nigeria, Singapore good bilateral relationship.Koon further said that his country could assist Nigeria to tackle the challenges of maritime security.“We are here to see how we can continue to do business in Nigeria. Nigeria and Singapore have had a good bilateral relationship.“ We can also help in maritime security”, he added.