Nigeria, through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has called on the Korean Government to support the country’s quest to return to the council of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in the elections scheduled for the first week of December in London.
The call was made when the agency and the Republic of Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of cooperation in the field of Maritime Security and Safety.
The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, signed on behalf of NIMASA while the Director-General, International Affairs and Intelligence Bureau, Korean Coast Guard, Seonggi Kang, signed on behalf of Korea.
Speaking on the country’s move to return to the IMO Council, Jamoh reminded the Korean delegates that Nigeria, as a leading maritime nation in the West and Central African region, is seeking election into the council in category C at the IMO.
“We trust you will convey our message to your home country on the need to support Nigeria,” he said.
Jamoh noted that the MoU would provide a framework for NIMASA and the Korean Coast Guard to develop, coordinate and monitor the implementation of maritime security and safety between both organisations.
On his part, the Director for International and Intelligence Bureau of the Korea Coast Guard (KCG), Seonggi Kang said: “We are impressed with Nigerian Government’s commitment to safety and security in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea. We shall convey your message seeking support for a return to council at the IMO to our home country based on conviction”.
The NIMASA, Korean Coast Guard MoU, which is for an initial period of five years and will be automatically renewed for another five years unless either participant withdraws six months before the expiration, covers capacity building, information sharing, search and rescue liaison and establishment of hotlines for direct communication at all times.