entire maritime world to a global security summit to collaborate in developing
a robust maritime security system to combat the security threats in the Gulf of
Security Conference (GMSC) which the country will host in Abuja between October
7 – 9, 2019 will afford the international community a platform to develop
actionable strategies to finally put an end to piracy and other security
threats in the region.
Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency,
(NIMASA), the country’s maritime regulator, issued the invitation today at the
ongoing Nor Shipping Conference in Oslo, Norway.
international investors on the Investment Opportunities in Nigeria’s Blue
the summit will also afford the international community an opportunity to tap
into the vast investment potentials in the Nigerian maritime industry.
potentials span ship building and repairs, fleet development, ship financing,
port infrastructure development, maritime tourism, renewable energy ferry
services, seafarer training, research and development, offshore logistics for
the country’s oil industry, and aquaculture.
conference will bring together officials from international agencies,
governments, donor partners, shipping firms, oil and gas industry, navies
and coastguards and maritime regulators across the globe, to discuss the
options for tackling security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea, an area which
accounts for more than 70 per cent of Africa’s oil and gas production and five
per cent of global proven energy reserves.”
conference include defining the precise nature and scope of coordinated
regional responses to maritime insecurity, evaluating the relevance of various
external interventions and moving towards policy harmonisation and regional
strategise alternative approach to prevent cyber security threats and advocate
for deeper global commitment to the deployment of resources for ending maritime
insecurity within the region in the shortest possible time.
of Nigeria in tackling insecurity along its own stretch of the Gulf has been
down to robust investment in intelligence and maritime security assets as well
as the commitment of the authorities to ending the threats.
under Nigeria’s Deep Blue Project will see to the acquisition of two special
mission aircrafts, three helicopters and unmanned air vehicles.
special mission vessels and 17 interceptor patrol crafts.
to the land assets which include 16 armoured vehicles and an intervention team
of 340 highly trained personnel.
satellite technology to monitor the Nigeria’s exclusive economic
zone and feed real time information to a command and control centre.
of the Gulf has been become relatively free of security threats and is now
relatively safe, a position corroborated by the Norwegian ambassador to
Nigeria, Jens-Petter Kjemprud.
Nigeria’s tackling of the security issue is so impressive that for more than a
year he has not had call for help from Norwegian seafarers plying the route.
also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up a high-powered
commission to decongest the approaches to the Apapa Port, five days after he
raised alarm on the situation.
partner with Nigeria in the organisation of the Global Maritime Security
only one area of improvement in the maritime component of the ease of doing
business in Nigeria.
of a modern railway system to link all the ports to the hinterland, investment
in truck transit parks, fixing of access roads and the reduction of the number
of agencies at the ports.
Head of the Nigerian delegation, which also includes ship owners and other
stakeholders, to the Nor-Shipping Conference and Exhibition 2019, a gathering
of all major players in the global maritime industry.