Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said the Government has endorsed a comprehensive National Integrated Maritime Strategy to enhance inter-agency cooperation on the sea to halt piracy.
He, therefore, urged regional and continental navies and security agencies to step up collaboration of inter-agency procedures, enhance information and intelligence-sharing to tackle the insecurities in the Gulf of Guinea.
It brought together more than 300 delegates from 70 countries in Africa, Europe and Asia to discuss and network towards tackling the challenges in the maritime sector for sustainable exploitation of the blue economy.
The Vice President said the government was acquiring offshore patrol vessels, fast patrol boats and crafts for the Navy as well as provide funding for the timely completion of the Forward Operating Base at Ezinlibo in the Western Region to protect Ghana’s maritime territory.
Similarly, there was a rise in kidnapping for ransom and hostage-taking. For instance, 22 separate attacks were recorded in 2020, with 130 out of 135 persons kidnapped globally reportedly abducted in the Gulf of Guinea alone.