Nigeria has invested heavy resources in provision of infrastructure including the critical manpower component required to run the Deep Blue Project effectively and efficiently.
Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dakuku Peterside disclosed this at recent graduation of organised by NIMASA for New Intelligence Officers Under Deep Blue Project.
Represented by NIMASA’s Executive Director, Operations, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, Peterside lamented the negative effects of insecurity in the Nigeria maritime domain and the Gulf of Guinea.
He said the President Mohammadu Buhari administration was committed to diversifying the economy and saw maritime as an economic game changer in this direction. He said security of the maritime environment was a top priority of the administration.
“The Nigerian maritime domain and the Gulf of Guinea are known globally as major maritime security flashpoints. In addressing the challenges, a bi-ministerial collaboration of the Federal Ministries of Defence and Transportation, as well the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) developed a maritime security architecture comprising all military and security services as well as NIMASA to ensure a conducive environment for maritime to thrive,” said he.
The NIMASA boss asked the graduands to bring the skills and experience they acquired during their training to bear on the national security assignment.
Mr. Ibrahim Gana emerged the best graduating student.
It would be recalled that the C4i centre was commissioned in August. It is equipped with alert setting capabilities, Coastal Automatic Identification System (AIS), and SAT AIS signals all over the world, in liaison with some international security networks, for access to database for vessel movement, with capacity for six-year retrospective monitoring of vessels movement.