In the wake of the recent hike in piracy activities, Ghana Maritime Authority has assured the nation of their commitment to ward off pirates operating on Ghana’s territorial waters and in the West African region.
Ghana has since 2020 till date, recorded a nine pirate attacks in its territorial waters on the Gulf of Guinea. Six out the nine incidents took place last year with three occurring between January and June 2021.
These attacks, the Maritime Authority says are carried out on ships transporting bulk petroleum and its products and ships carrying exotic goods.
In order to curtail this menace, the Ghana Maritime Authority has indicated that is beefing up its measures to deal with the situation.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information’s Meet-The-Press series on Wednesday, Director-General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Thomas Kofi Alonsi assured Ghanaians that the Authority is collaborating with other coastal states as well as ECOWAS to find a lasting solution to the problem.
He added that the Authority is also engaging the Naval Command of the Ghana Armed Forces in a series of consultative meetings with the aim of addressing the problem of piracy.
“The Authority, together with other coastal states have come together to find ways and means of curtailing the incidence of piracy within our territorial waters. Some of the measures that have been put in place is the ECOWAS Maritime Security Architecture Stakeholders Meeting which took place just about two months ago at Cotonou,” the Director-General of the Maritime Authority told the press.
Mr. Thomas Alonsi further indicated that the President of Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is committed to the fight against piracy and has engaged the President of Nigeria to find a lasting solution to the problem.
He said “besides that the Authority has also engaged in a number of consultative meetings with the Naval Command with a view to finding common solutions to this problem of piracy. As part of efforts to stem this tide as well, the Ghana Maritime Authority and the Ghana Navy also held a meeting with our Nigerian counterpart at Abuja about two months ago. This meeting was actually at the behest of His Excellency Nana Addo.”