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Title: Combating Illicit Maritime Activities within the Gulf of Guinea: Prospects and Challenges
Authors: Ahorsu, K.
Bassey, T.A.
University of Ghana, College of Humanities Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy
Keywords: Illicit Maritime Activities
Gulf of Guinea
Issue Date: Aug-2013
Publisher: University of Ghana
Abstract: Combating piracy has become an important issue in maritime discourse in West Africa. The increasing spate of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea in particular is at the core of this work. This has become an urgent case because of the fact that the Gulf of Guinea remains an important source of resources for countries in West Africa, serving as source of money and the promotion of human security by providing employment and source of food for money people in West Africa. This work qualitatively analyses existing literature on insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea with emphasis on incidence of piracy, and how that enhances other transnational crimes in West Africa, against the backdrop of insecurity in the Niger Delta of region. This work establishes the linkage between maritime security and regional integration, making a case for collective efforts towards combating piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, and why a safeguarded Gulf of Guinea is important to the promotion of regional integration in West Africa. This work concludes that West African states still lack the needed infrastructure to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, although some efforts have been made thus far. It recommends the promotion of governance and human security, equipping maritime forces in West Africa, an integral role by ECOWAS in combating maritime security as means to combating piracy and ultimately promoting maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.
Description: Thesis(M.A)-University of Ghana,2013
Appears in Collections:Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy

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