Security

Govt misses delivery target on $186m anti-piracy equipment

The Federal Government may have shelved its promise of floating some high-tech machinery to combat maritime crime in the nation’s troubled waters.

Under the initial target, the facilities were expected to have arrived Nigeria in August, but three n=months after, the project now appears elusive.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier this year, approved the sum of $186 million to procure machineries to fully combat maritime crimes.

Shipping lines blamed for aiding arms importation

The Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) has accused shipping lines of aiding importation of arms into the country.
 
Comptroller General,  Col Hameed Ali (rtd), who accused the liners at stakeholders meeting  in Lagos, explained that one of the biggest problems the country was  currently facing is illegal importation of arms.
 
He called on stakeholders to join hands in identifying loopholes necessitating the proliferation of arms into the Nigerian shores.
 

1% Funding: Navy fails in attempt to amend NIMASA Act

The Nigerian Navy will have to wait a while longer to realize it's statutory objectives of providing security and defending Nigeria's territorial waters against external aggression insurrection.

This was the reality when stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry opposed moves by the Nigerian Navy seeking amendment to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety (NIMASA) Act to contribute 1% of its revenue to the Nigerian Navy.

Nigeria emerges new Chair of GGC

Nigeria has emerged as the new Chair of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) at the 4th Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the GGC, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo called on member states to urgently address the socio-economic and security challenges facing the commission.
 
He said the members would achieve this by collectively taking measures to check violations of domestic and international treaties in the Gulf.
 

Gulf of Guinea security dominates G7 meeting

The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside has stated that capacity building initiatives and sectorial reforms are critical elements that can address maritime security issues in the Gulf of Guinea. Dr. Dakuku made this position known in a paper presented at a G7 high level meeting on maritime security in Rome, Italy. The NIMASA DG noted that despite the security challenges being faced in the region, lots of concerted efforts with Stakeholders and other government Agencies have been put in place to check the menace.

Navy inaugurates Data Centre for Maritime Security

The Nigerian Navy has inaugurated the Maritime Safety Information (MSI) portal and Data Centre for effective security and safety of mariners around the nation’s waterways.
 
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, who performed the inauguration noted that the data centre, would not only provide security around the nation’s territorial waters but also boost the economy.
 

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