Expert seeks collaboration on maritime security in Gulf of Guinea

 A Maritime expert, Chief Kunle Folarin, on Friday urged countries within the Gulf of Guinea to collaborate to perfect security measures against piracy attacks and other sea robberies. 

Folarin made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He, however, explained that security of the maritime domain was a very expensive undertaking.

``I believe that if government is going to police the entire Nigerian exclusive economic zone, is going to be an effort it has to do in conjunction with other countries in the region, so that they can collaborate their efforts.

``While one country is kind of disturbed by other attention that has to be given, then the other one can fill in.

``Particularly that Ghana is drilling off-shore, Nigeria is moving toward off-shore and that poses a very potential danger that we must start to look at now. 

``That is the kind of summary we can give about what has been reported and what has been addressed; who is addressing, who is dealing with it, so that we can have a very good result.”

Folarin commended the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) for ensuring a secured maritime domain.

He, however, said the security of the nation’s maritime domain required standard weapons meant for such operation.

``Basically, what I think is how do we combat this menace?

``NIMASA is doing a lot to address it. Nigerian Navy is also doing a lot to address it, but then, is a very expensive undertaking.

``If you want to go and police 200 nautical miles, you need ships that are built for warfare, ships built for search and rescue and such endeavour needs a lot of money,’’       Folarin said.

The expert said that efforts were being intensified to combat sea robberies which had taken international dimension.