All the governors along Nigeria’s internal and territorial waters bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Service Chiefs will soon hold a meeting on how to curb the menace of pirates, poaching and sea robbery in order to boost fish production in the country.
Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operatives, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, disclosed this yesterday while addressing a news conference ahead of the maiden edition of the state’s seafood festival, which will hold on November 10.
The commissioner expressed concerns over what he described as the increasing activities of pirates and sea robbers along the country’s territorial waters and high seas.
Lawal, who addressed the conference alongside the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Yakubu Bashorun, said the governors of Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Delta, Lagos, Ondo and Rivers are expected to attend the meeting.
He added that the governors along the country’s coastline are already working together to put an end to piracy, fish poaching and sea robberies.
“Governor Babatunde Fashola has already met the naval strategists at the Western Naval Command on how to fight illegal activities on the state waters and beyond. Lagos is a relatively secure state, but it is not just an issue of Lagos State and Nigeria. It equally involves countries along the Gulf of Guinea. Asians come to our waters to fish illegally. It is not what Lagos State alone can do. We are collaborating with the Federal Government and international agencies,” he said.
The commissioner said Lagos plans to achieve one million metric ton of fish production in the next three years in spite of the fact that the present capacity is just 125,000 metric tons.