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.

Operators seek Presidency's intervention to sanitize Bunker trade

In an unfortunate case of giving a dog a bad name to hang it, it is disappointing that the legitimate and lucrative maritime business of bunkering has over the years, suffered severe misrepresentation and stagnation due to a highly depressing trading environment in Nigeria.

Nigerian Navy foil pirate attack on bulk carrier

The Nigerian Navy has successfully intercepted a pirate boat with ten crew members kidnapped from a bulk carrier about 23 miles south of Bonny in the Gulf of Guinea. 


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FG offers to meet militants over oil attack threats

The minister for Nigeria’s oil-producing Delta region said on Monday the government was ready to meet militants days after they called off a year-long ceasefire.

Usani Uguru Usani asked the Niger Delta Avengers to be patient and said the government was pushing through development schemes in the southern territory where rights groups have long complained about poverty and pollution.

The Avengers - whose attacks on energy facilities in the Niger Delta last year helped push Africa’s biggest economy into recession - called off the ceasefire on Friday.

Niger Delta leader cautions Avengers on oil attacks

A key community leader from Nigeria’s tense Delta oil-producing region called on militants on Sunday not to resume their attacks until they had further time to negotiate their demands with the government.

Chief Edwin Clark, who leads the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), which has been holding peace talks with the government since last year, called on the Niger Delta Avengers militant group to “be patient.”

Piracy: US warns ships over Nigerian waters

The United States of America, through its Maritime Administration, has published the latest Maritime Alert.

In the alert, which was released, Wednesday, it warned ships to be wary when approaching Nigerian waters.

According to the US Maritime Administration, the two recent incidences of pirate attacks in the Niger Delta of Nigeria is a confirmation of escalating insecurity around and on the waters of Nigeria. It made reference to the attacks on October 21 and 25, 2017.

Again, FG hires private contractor to safeguard Nigerian waters

In a move reminiscent of the concessioning of Nigeria's maritime security infrastructure to Global West Vessels Specialist Limited (GWVSL) by the erstwhile administration of Patrick Ziakede Akpobolokemi as Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Saftey Agency (NIMASA), an Israeli security firm has been engaged by the federal government to secure Nigeria’s territorial waters for three years and train members of the Nigerian Navy and other security personnel.


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