FG pledges N24m to IMO to fight piracy, illicit maritime activities




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– The Federal has pledged to provide N24 million to the International Maritime Organisation () to boost its campaign against piracy and illicit maritime activities in Africa.

This is contained in a signed and issued on Friday in by Mrs Yetunde Sonaike, Deputy Director, Press, Federal Ministry of Transport.

The said the , Sen. Idris Umar, made the pledged when he paid a courtesy visit on the Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizuat, at the organisation’ headquarters in London.

The minister who was attending the on-going 112th Council Session of the in Londan, expressed federal appreciation for the organisation’ technical cooperation and assistance to Africa, and Nigeria in particular.

He thanked the IMO Secretary-General for establishing a Trust to fight piracy and illicit maritime activities in the Gulf of .

The said the minister pledged 100,000 dollars for the maritime on behalf of the , and another 50,000 dollars for the organisation’ technical cooperation .

It said Umar assured the IMO of Nigeria’s readiness to collaborate it in the upcoming audit scheme which, he said, was in line IMO’s instrument code regime of 2015.

In his , Sekimizu reiterated his determination to ensure all necessary assistance was given to Nigeria to its maritime sector.

He pledged IMO’s technical cooperation and assistance to Nigeria, and solicited Nigeria’s support for IMO activities, including its forthcoming audit scheme. (NAN)