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Nigeria’s Ambitious New Maritime Security Project Must Avoid Old Traps by NewsGeh: 1:11pm On Jul 27, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari recently inaugurated a project designed to prevent illegal activities in Nigeria’s coastal waters and enforce maritime regulations. It also aims to prevent illegal activities on inland waterways.

Known as the Deep Blue Project, it was initiated by the federal ministries of transportation and defence in 2017. It’s being implemented by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency. Personnel have been hired from the navy, army, air force, police, and Department of State Services.

The $195 million project is said to be the first integrated maritime security strategy for West and Central Africa. It’s designed to tackle piracy, sea robbery, and other crimes at sea in Nigerian waters and up to the Gulf of Guinea.

The Gulf encompasses over 12 countries from Senegal to Angola. It’s a strategic maritime domain with huge natural resources and provides a critical route for international shipping.

But the region, and Nigeria in particular, has recorded frequent vicious attacks against vessels and multiple kidnapping of seafarers for ransom by pirate gangs. The gangs have evolved in sophistication. They have also extended attacks as far as 200 nautical miles from shore.

Read more: https://newscentral.africa/2021/07/27/nigerias-ambitious-new-maritime-security-project-must-avoid-old-traps/

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