Navy has pledged continued support to fight against all forms of threats bedeviling
the nation’s maritime domain security.
The Chief of
Naval Staff(CNS), Vice-Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas, expressed this at the opening of
a two-day maritime stakeholders’ conference on sustaining the sector, which
held on Monday at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos.
crucial to the development of Nigeria and maritime security would foster
there was however growing concerns of the vast resources of the maritime
industry being undermined by multi-faceted domestic, sub-regional and
international threat and vulnerability.
that within the past decade, there had been issues of illegal bunkering
operations of illicit refineries in the swamps of the Niger Delta.
noted that attacks, pollution, drug, small arms trafficking, kidnapping,
unregulated fishing had been across the domain.
endemic threats have resulted in constraints on economic prospects.
crime and adverse political consequences are enough to stand on the way and
certainly truncate any progress made here if not decisively addressed.”
in the projections for the maritime domain in Nigeria.
the commitment and support of the Nigerian navy to a secured maritime
environment and hoped the post conference activities would be backed with the
kind of resolve that stimulated the conference.