Nige­ria seeks tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance on ship track­ing

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Eu­gene Agha, Lagos

Nige­ria seeks greater tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Mo­bile Satel­lite Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IMSO) to en­hance per­for­mance of the coun­try’s Long Range Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Track­ing of Ships (LRIT) sys­tem.

The Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion, Chibuike Ro­timi Amaechi, made this known when he vis­ited the Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral of IMSO, Cap­tain Moin Ahmed, in Lon­don, re­cently.

The Head of Pub­lic Re­la­tions of the Nige­rian Mar­itime Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Ha­jiya Lamin Tu­maka, in a state­ment, dis­closed that the min­is­ter also ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to IMSO for its tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to the coun­try, stress­ing that as a mem­ber state of IMSO, Nige­ria had a Long Range Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Track­ing (LRIT) data cen­tre op­er­ated by Pole Star.

He said that Nige­ria can ben­e­fit from greater col­lab­o­ra­tion with the IMSO to en­hance the LRIT sys­tem’s per­for­mance.

The direc­tor-gen­eral of IMSO, who ex­pressed his plea­sure for host­ing the min­is­ter, as­sured Nige­ria of the co­op­er­a­tion of the IMSO.

He pledged the readi­ness of the IMSO to of­fer guid­ance on the in­te­gra­tion of the mar­itime and avi­a­tion search and res­cue ser­vices in Nige­ria.

IMSO is the in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion su­per­vis­ing pub­lic satel­lite and se­cu­rity com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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