Nigeria calls for collective efforts in handling Maritme Security

Shiktra Shalangwa, Abuja

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The Nigerian Government says it will not relent in its efforts to rid the waters off the effects of piracy.

President Muhammadu Buhari,  at the Global Maritime Security Conference holding in Abuja,  with the theme: “Managing and Securing our waters” said to ensure Maritime security, there was need for collective efforts from all stakeholders represented at the conference.

“I reiterate the need for a joint effort because security in the Gulf of Guinea is vital and central to global trade in view of the fact that many critical trade routes connecting the continent to the rest of the world, run through the Gulf,” he said.

Maritime Offences Act
President Buhari explained that Nigeria has put in place a Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Act, which was signed into law on the 24th of June 2019 to give credence to the relevant international treaties of the United Nations and International Maritime Organisation.

The Nigerian Leader said his administration has integrated National Surveillance and Waterways Protection Solution with Command and Control Infrastructure has been put in place and the Nigerian Navy has stepped up efforts in collaborating with other maritime security agencies aimed at achieving a safe and secured maritime domain.

President Buhari added that  ”presently we are working on a  Maritime Transport Plan, and Strategy, which when completed will provide a robust enabling framework for achieving Nigerian Maritime Objectives.”

President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Mr Zubairu Dada at the Global Maritime Security Conference.

Maritime Security
The Minister of State Transport Mrs Gbemisola Saraki said the conference would examine and address the issues of Maritime security with a spotlight on the Gulf of Guinea .

Ms Saraki said the conference would also create a platform to look at strategies and coordinate responses in place to address the broad array of real and potential threats in the Gulf of Guinea over time.

She added that the absence of legal frameworks within member States was a significant challenge in the regional effort to stem the tide.

 

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