NIMASA boss applauds President Buhari on his support in the fight against maritime crimes
* Takes Delivery of 2 UAS, 9 Boats, 10 Armoured Vehicles
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The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has taken delivery of additional mobile assets for enhanced maritime security under the deep blue project.
Two unmanned aircraft system, 9 interceptor patrol boats and 10 armoured vehicles, have been added to the existing assets earlier procured by the Federal Government; and commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, while thanking President Buhari for his sustained support in the fight against sea piracy and other maritime crimes, said the additional equipment will improve on the gains recorded in securing the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) and Nigerian maritime domain.
In a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Relations unit of NIMASA, Mr Osagie Edward,
the DG described the recently held Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum (GOG-MCF/SHADE) in Abuja, as a success in rallying international support in suppression of maritime insecurity.
He added that Nigeria’s commitment in regional maritime security will always be sustained.
The NIMASA boss recommended Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act emplaced by Nigeria as a robust statute that supports maritime law enforcement, which other countries are considering to replicate.
The DG said; “Nigeria is improving on its capacity to fight maritime crimes by procuring state-of-the-art technology, upgrading human capacity for effective service delivery, deployment of the assets for round the clock patrol, interdiction and reconnaissance with the support of Nigerian Navy and other security agencies we signed MoU.
” Indeed, we are further encouraged by President Muhammadu Buhari’s support all the time to ensure adequate security of crew members, vessels and cargoes within and around our waters
” These newly procured assets would assist us in building on the gains already recorded in the fight against piracy, sea robbery, oil theft, kidnapping and illegal fishing activities”.
The main objective of the Deep Blue Project, is to secure Nigerian waters up to the Gulf of Guinea. The Project has three categories of platforms to tackle maritime insecurity on land, sea, and air.
The land assets include the Command, Control, Communication, Computer, and Intelligence Centre (C4i) for intelligence gathering and data collection; 16 armoured vehicles for coastal patrol and 600 specially trained troops for interdiction, known as Maritime Security Unit.
Before the recently procured platforms , the deep blue project had sea assets including two Special Mission Vessels and 17 Fast Interceptor Boats. The air assets comprised of two Special Mission Aircraft for surveillance of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ); three Special Mission Helicopters for search and rescue operations and four Unmanned Aerial Vehicles amongst others.