Nigeria and ROK to cooperate on maritime security
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed on Tuesday between the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Korea Coast Guard of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to promote cooperation on maritime security between the two countries. At the signing in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, Bashir Jamoh, the director general of NIMASA, said the MOU provides a framework for NIMASA and the Korea Coast Guard to develop, coordinate and monitor the implementation of maritime security and safety measures between both organizations. The MOU, which started with a statement of intent in 2018, will “ultimately enhance safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea,” said Jamoh.
Seonggi Kang, director general of the International Affairs and Intelligence Bureau of the Korea Coast Guard, said at the same event he is impressed with the Nigerian government’s commitment to safety and security in Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea, adding the MOU will help address some issues in the Nigerian maritime domain.
The MOU, which is for 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 the establishment of hotlines for direct communication at all times.