Niger Delta Could Be Headquarters Of Piracy In Africa
How does one explain at least 88 incidences of piracy in the Niger Delta region in just one year?
According to the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr Hassan Bello, who disclosed this, the piracy attacks targeted ships entering Nigeria through the waterways in the region.
Bello reportedly said this while on a courtesy visit to the office of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral, Ibok –Ete Ibas in Abuja.
He called on the Navy to make available a platform that was strategically offshore with guards transferred to each vessel and then dropped off such that there was always armed naval security presence from about 80 nautical miles off Bonny fairway bouy, up to Onne in Rivers State.
Bello said the security threat on the nation’s waterways was affecting competitiveness of Nigerian ports and impacting negatively on Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.
According to him, shipping companies have been complaining that they have been forced to provide their own security while bringing goods to Nigeria.
Bello reportedly said this was not the best as costs incurred by the shipping companies were usually passed on to the shippers leading to high cost of goods in the market.
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