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In an effort to tackle piracy and boost maritime security within Gulf of Guinea, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA along with the Inter Regional Coordination Centre formed a partnership.

Specifically, both sides formed a forum to galvanise regional and international efforts to ensure security in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG).

As noted, Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum (GOG-MCF/SHADE) was floated after meetings between Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Bashir Jamoh, representing Nigeria, and Executive Director of the Cameroon-based ICC Yaoundé, Admiral Narciso Fastudo Jr.

What is more, their joint statement said that GOG-MCF/SHADE, which was purposed to facilitate shared awareness and deconfliction of activities in the Gulf of Guinea, will be open to all GOG countries with similar capacities to join on a voluntary basis.

GOG-MCF/SHADE will focus on counter-piracy and armed robbery by bringing together regional, international, industry and NGO partners to advance and coordinate near term maritime activities with a view to working toward a set of common operational objectives in order to protect seafarers and ships operating off the coast of West and Central Africa.

Jamoh and Fastudo agreed to hold the first virtual meeting of GOG-MCF/SHADE as soon as practicable, saying modalities would be announced later.

They said due to its complementary nature, the G7++Group of Friends of the Gulf of Guinea (G7++FOGG) would support the creation of GOG-MCF/SHADE, which would comprise an open plenary session; working group meetings; working group chairs, coordination meeting; and a plenary session report.

As Jamoh said, “The new maritime security framework speaks to our own integrated approach to security in the country’s waters and the Gulf of Guinea. We have always believed in bringing all maritime stakeholders on board in the search for security, and we have proffered that as a solution at various forums with our regional and international partners.GOG-MCF/SHADE is coming as a powerful new force for security in the Gulf of Guinea.”