…FOR LAWS DON’T WIN WAR, …PEOPLE DO!***
The celebration is unending at the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), because the President, Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Anti Piracy Bill into Law!
To the NIMASA Boss, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the Presidential assent to the Anti-Piracy law will tactically conquer and destroy piracy, alongside all other crimes on Nigerian waterways; in addition to boosting job creation in the maritime industry!
Late Captain Solomon Omoteso
But even far more than that, the anti-piracy law, according to Dakuku, will also open up more opportunities in the maritime sector!
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Dakuku’s enthusiasm, is genuinely infectious! Yet, highly informed stakeholders know that the current enthusiasm is both misplaced and unwarranted. Law don’t win wars, only the people do!
And that actually implies a people with strategies! A people, genuinely focused at strategies which understand the actual cause of the problems; and encapsulates it on realistic tools anchored to verifiable infrastructure or superstructure!
With every sense of humility and modesty, the Agency may have the ‘people’, but it presently lacks both the strategy and the infrastructure!
Mention Piracy in Nigeria, and two ideas quickly rush into the average Nigerian mind: piracy affecting on land affecting books, films etc; and then, the piracy on waters, affecting armed hoodlums or pirates targeting boats, ships, crew etc!
A few Nigerians would easily recall the harrowing devastation the highly revered foremost Nigerian comedian, Moses Adejumo, aka Baba Sala went through after one of his films, Money Power, particularly how it was recklessly pirated, and the man suddenly became pauperized! Did ‘Mosebolatan’ save him??
We painfully, yet in utter myopic thoughtlessness worked on a Copyright law, Cap 28 of 2004.
Promulgated in 1988 as the Copyright Decree (No. 47) of that year, the Copyright Act repealed the Copyright Decree (No 61) of 1970. With the revision of all existing federal legislation; the Decree was re-designated the Copyright Act and contained in Cap. 68, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990.
The Act was amended by the Copyright (Amendment) Decree (No. 98) of 1992 and further amended by the Copyright (Amendment) Decree (No. 42) of 1999.
It became part of the codification of Nigerian Law done in 2004 and is presently referenced as Cap 28 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
MR. BASHIR JAMOH – NIMASA ED F&A
Nigeria as a country, has never been short or lacking in the availability of the right laws. Our problem has been the lack of foresight, the lack of required infrastructure and the shortage of the round pegs in round holes, especially, in consistent or continuous basis!
The Anti-piracy law failed on land! If in doubt, visit the Alaba Market in Lagos on Monday. From motivational books, Bibles to every popular film, local or international!
The late Captain Solomon Omoteso (Bless his Soul) captured the reality vividly: You can’t have peace on the water, until you ensure peace, on land!
Capt Omoteso therefore advised that to enjoy peace on the nation’s waters, first understand why those leaving the land, to violently disrupt the tranquillity in the waters go there!
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA DG
Laws don’t win wars! Only the People do!
The Anti-piracy Act will be dead on arrival or at best work haphazardly! Until Nigerians, particularly those who meticulously and painstakingly fought to ensure it was enacted, also embark on the new mission of entrenching the required infrastructure and the superstructure!
The Boys are hungry, disturbed, disparaged and daily growing desperate. The poor, hopeless cannot sleep, because they are hungry! The rich, overfed and diligent will not sleep too, because the hungry are awake!
In the meantime, we salute the courage and determination of Bashir Jamoh, the Executive Director at NIMASA, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mike Igbokwe and a good host of stakeholders, too numerous to mention who tirelessly midwife the Act, ceaselessly pursuing it from conceptual stage to maturity!
Meanwhile, we must also thank the Nigerian Ports Authority management for its success in ending the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) avoidable strike, during which the nation lost over N100 billion!
The strike came because poor labourers engaged to perform stevedoring jobs for International Oil Companies, after satisfactorily doing job, were not paid!
Some died, some forfeited their marriages, several of them had their children sent home from schools. The IOCs, being too powerful could only be assuaged. And both the NIMASA and NPA only watched with relish!
“Management regrets all inconveniences the strike might have caused Port users and other stakeholders”, was the best that the NPA General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, Adams Jatto could say; promising to ensure that issues that led to the strike would be resolved soonest in the national interest, so as to further enhance the Authority’s mandate to deliver efficient services for customers’ satisfaction”,
At no point did anyone accept the responsibility or blame for putting poor labourers, officially engaged to perform legitimate duties, and who ended up going through harrowing experiences, even after performing to expectation.
Similarly, no one has affirmed how much Nigeria as a country lost over an avoidable storm in a tea cup! We have all forgotten that undeterred Impunity will always, like history, repeat itself!
Keep praying for Nigeria, the greatest country in Africa.
Pray also for the leadership!
May the President live forever!