Centre for Maritime Law and Security Africa (CEMLAWS AFRICA) – a Civil Society Organization (CSO) which amongst others, is into consultancy on maritime activities in Africa, has paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) – Rear Admiral (R/Adm) Issah Adam Yakubu, to congratulate him, on his assumption of office.
The visit, which was on Thursday, April 1st, 2021, was also to deliberate on means of further strengthening ocean governance and maritime security in Ghana’s maritime domain.
CEMLAWS AFRICA, led by its Executive Director – Naval Captain (Captain GN) Dr. Kamal-Deen Ali (Rtd), in their deliberations with the CNS, focused on Ghana’s newly drafted National Integrated Maritime Strategy (NIMS) – a comprehensive document developed by some of Ghana’s key maritime stakeholders.
Dr. Kamal-Deen Ali highlighted the importance of the document, as well as efforts by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), to support Ghana in the adoption and implementation of the strategy, under its project to “Strengthen Strategic Approaches to Maritime Security in Ghana”.
Captain (GN) Dr. Ali (Rtd), who acknowledged efforts being made by the Ghana Navy and other stakeholders, however indicated the need to expand maritime interests, among other civil society groups, to collectively contribute to maritime governance.
On his part, R/Adm Yakubu shared the importance and urgent need for all stakeholders to push the NIMS to the level it needs to be, “Having NIMS promulgated will fundamentally reshape maritime governance in Ghana”, he said.
Admiral Yakubu noted the immense contribution of CEMLAWS AFRICA in respect of ocean governance and maritime security, across the African continent, but particularly, in the Gulf of Guinea, and thus called for enhanced collaboration with the Ghana Navy and other stakeholders, to advance the quest for a secured maritime domain.
The CNS also indicated the opportunities available for CEMLAWS AFRICA to work with the Ghana Navy, in capacity building of personnel, in operational law and other important aspects of maritime governance.
The NIMS document, which is yet to be endorsed by the government of Ghana, has a vision to secure Ghana’s maritime domain and to achieve sustainable revenue generation, from Ghana’s blue economy sectors.
In attendance at the meeting were the Chief Staff Officer (CSO) Naval Headquarters – Commodore (Cdre) Godwin Bessing, some Principal Staff Officers of the Naval Headquarters, Mrs. Stephanie Young Adika – Programmes Coordinator and Mr. Nelson Ayamdoo – Head of Training, CEMLAWS AFRICA.