By Dirisu Yakubu & Joseph Erunke.
Nigeria is identified to play a leading function in promoting maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea area, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has actually ensured international maritime stakeholders..
The Minister specified this in Abuja at the opening event of the International Maritime Security Conference which started the other day.
Represented by the Minister of State, Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, Amaechi complained the obstacles of sea piracy in the area, keeping in mind that a lot was being lost by member states as an outcome of absence of reliable maritime policing.
He specified: “No doubt, there is a substantial international issue rising wave of maritime insecurity and the understanding that the Gulf of Guinea Area represents the majority of these cases. It is for this factor that Nigeria has actually chosen to take the lead on behalf of the Gulf of Guinea states in assembling this conference to analyze the techniques and collaborated reactions in location to attend to maritime insecurity.”.
Applauding the organizers for their forthrightness, the Minister highlighted the originality of the conference offered its peculiarities, stating, “whilst there have actually been a number of endeavours to attend to the broad variety of genuine and possible hazards in the Gulf of Guinea with time, the technique this time is to assess the importance and effects of the numerous interventions started currently to take on maritime insecurity to modify and adjust them to attend to the present obstacles.
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” The lack of legal structures within member states appears to be a substantial obstacle in the local effort to stem the tide. Nigeria, in this regard the good news is has actually put in location in-depth legislation in the type of a Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act to take on and quelch piracy and other maritime criminal activities in the Nigerian maritime domain.”.
The Minister likewise kept in mind that incorporated maritime security architecture has actually been emplaced with a command and control centre for reliable policing of the Nigerian waters.
According to him, the effort consists of a “C4-I intelligence system to boost domain awareness; acquisition of land, air and marine possessions for patrols, fast reaction and interdiction; and the re-training and capability structure of military reaction groups to successfully react to hazards and occurrences within the maritime domain.”.
He even more highlighted the value of more secure security by doing this: “Our success as nation-states today has an inextricable linkage to maritime security thinking about that over 90% of world global trade is by sea. Therefore making every effort to preserve safe, safe and secure shipping in our seas and oceans is non-negotiable.