From left: Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor in crucial talks with the DG, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh recently in Abuja.

Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA,  Dr. Bashir Jamoh has commenced crucial talks with the Chief of Defence Staff CDS, General Lucky Irabor over the worsening national security, which also affects the maritime domain.

A statement by the Assistant Director, Public Relations unit of NIMASA, Osagie Edward, said as part of efforts to find lasting solutions to some security issues not only in the country but also across the Gulf of Guinea region, the NIMASA-boss visited the CDS at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja to hold crucial talks.

He noted that though the visit was just for one day, the discussions and collaborations would continue until the desired goals and objectives were achieved in the overall interest of Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea region at large.

The statement reads in part: “The agenda of the of the meeting was specifically on national security but specifically, the removal of War Risk Insurance Premium on Nigeria-bound vessels and their cargo is premised on the sustained security of merchant shipping business on Nigerian waters and the greater part of Gulf of Guinea region.

“We must continue this collaboration to ensure that the gains in recent times regarding the reduction of piracy results in the removal of war risk insurance premium.”