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 Director-General 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.