As the activities of piracy continues to threaten maritime and economic activities at the Gulf of Guinea (GOG), the United Nation Development Project (UNDP) has described GOG as a ‘dangerous hotspot area for seafarers’.
UNDP said in spite of past activities by the Nigerian Navy to curb piracy at GOG, the area is still a death trap to sea going vessels.
The United Nation noted that piracy and maritime crimes had continued to pose serious threats to international trades, the safety of seafarers, and regional and global development.
UNDP, however, commended the Nigerian Navy and other international bodies for their efforts and visions in combating the menace of piracy in the GoG region.
UNDP Team leader on Governance, Peace and Security, Mathew Alao, stated this during the inauguration of piracy course on core principles and practice of combating piracy organised by MLAILPKC in Abuja.
The counter piracy project, being implemented by the centre, will assist the GOG countries to further strengthen their institutional effectiveness, inclusiveness, accountability, transparency and responsiveness, according to Alao.
“The project will contribute towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal 16, which aims to promote peace and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective and accountable institutions at all levels,” he said.
Alao stated that the course would consolidate on the achievement of the 2021 maiden edition of anti piracy project implemented by MLAILPKC in collaboration with countries in the Gulf including, Nigeria.
Also Speaking, Mr Shinozawa Takayuki, a Charge d’ Affairs ad Interim of Japan to Nigeria, also commended the NIMASA for fighting against piracy in Gulf of Guinea.
“Countries such as UK and US are working together with the Nigerian government on security in the Gulf of Guinea.
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Fuel Price Hike: PH, Bonny Passengers May Pay N4,000 Before Christmas
Following the increase in petrol pump price in Rivers State to N230 per liter, Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) says passengers travelling to Bonny Island from Port Harcourt may have to pay N4,000 each before Christmas.
The Association said boat operators along Bonny routes are facing difficulties in getting petrol to power their boats to the Island.
BMTA said the petroleum pump price has also forced the prices of spare parts beyond the reach of the poor.
Disclosing this to The In Port Harcourt in a telephone interview, Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kim Dimkpa, expressed regret that passengers to the Island are passing through difficulties, saying since the petroleum pump price hike, passengers now pay N3,000 to Bonny
He insisted that if the pump price is not checked, the Association would be forced to increase the fair to N4,000 before Christmas.
Dimkpa said in the past when the pump price were N150 per liter, fair to Bonny was N2,000 to ,N2,500 per passenger.
The Safety Officer appealed to relevant government agencies responsible for control of the pump price to come to the aid of the masses in Nigerian by ensuring that the price remains affordable.
“I call on the NNPC, and other relevant agencies for the control of petroleum pump price to assist the masses and reduce the price to N150 per litre to save lives.
“Boat operators, bus drivers and other end users depend daily on the product to survive.
“Our leaders are not helping matters, the masses are dying everyday of economic hardships, the rich are getting richer every day, while the poor masses are dying of hunger and starvation in the midst of plenty”, Dimkpa said.
He appealed to State Governors and other stakeholders in the industry to intervene in reverting to the old pump price of N150 per liter for consumers.
By: Chinedu Wosu
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