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Deep Blue Project: Intelligence gathering operation commences at NIMASA C4i Center

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Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services and the Representative of the DG/CEO of NIMASA, Mr. Gambo Ahmed (cutting the tape); Head, Planning Research & Data Management Services, NIMASA, Mrs. Ronke Thomas (left); Head, Shipping Development, NIMASA, Mr.  Anthony Ogadi (2nd left); Managing Director, Homeland Security International (HLSI), Mr. Haim Ben Noor; (3rd from right) Director Internal Audit, NIMASA, Mr. Victor Onuzuruike (2nd from right) and Head Marine Environment Management NIMASA, Dr. (Mrs.) Felicia Mogo (right) at the Official Opening Ceremony of the Command, Control, Computer Communication and information (C4i) Integrated Surveillance Systems Operations Centre in Lagos by NIMASA. 

  

The Command, Control, Computer Communication and
information otherwise known as the C4i Centre of the Deep Blue Project has
commenced operations on a 24 hour basis at the Nigerian Maritime Administration
and Safety agency, NIMASA.

The C4i Centre located at the NIMASA Maritime Resource
Development Facility in Kirikiri Lagos is to serve as the Command and control
Centre for the deep blue project where tactical and strategic decisions for the
operational workflow of all the platforms of the project will emanate
from. 
It is equipped with alert setting capabilities, Coastal
Automatic Identification System (AIS) and SAT AIS signals all over the world,
liaison with some international security networks for access to database for
vessel movement, ability to monitor vessels movement 6 years backwards,
During the opening of the centre, the Director General
of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside stated that the Centre is in line with the
Federal Government
s Deep
Blue Project initiative, geared towards the realization of a safe and secured
maritime domain in Nigeria. 

He added that to realise this laudable
initiative, the Agency has trained some personnel, including staff of NIMASA
who will man the control centre, which will bring to an end the nefarious
activities of those perpetuating crimes in our waterways, through monitoring
and intelligence gathering.  
“In this security mechanism, the C4I operational centre
stands as the central nerve from which all actionable information needed by all
other components of the project emanate. The centre will serve as the base for
situational intelligence for the Deep Blue Project, with 40 personnel broken
down into Operators, Intelligence Officers and Shift Supervisors manning the
centre” the DG said. 
The DG who was represented by the Executive Director,
Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of NIMASA, Mr. Gambo Ahmed disclosed that
the Deep Blue Project initiative was designed to enhance safety of lives at
sea, enforce implementation of maritime regulations, and prevention of illegal
activities in the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone EEZ, the Niger Delta black
water area and inland waterways inclusive. 
This he said would be through the aid
of the usage of a wide range of sophisticated air, marine, and land based
assets.
“The efforts and resources that have been committed to
the project show the seriousness and commitment of the Agency and the Nigerian
Government to the course with every step taken inching us closer to the vision
of a safe marine environment that will engender improved maritime activities,
wealth creation and economic development for our dear nation,” he said.
While assuring stakeholders in the sector of better
days ahead, he commended the Management of the Homeland Security International
(HLSI) on the professional expertise demonstrated so far, and charged the
operators, of the C4i centre to realize that the success or otherwise of the
centre depends largely on them; hence they should give it the commitment it
takes to realize the objectives of the Deep Blue Project.
On his part, the Managing Director of the HLSI, Mr.
Haim Ben Noon, described the C4i Centre as the Heart and the Brain of the Deep
Blue Project adding that the centre would help detect all forms of illegalities
on the water ways and also commended the Deep Blue Project initiative of the
Federal Government.
The C4I Centre is a component of the deep blue project.
The project involves personnel from the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian
Police, Department of State Services and officers of NIMASA. 

Aside of the C4i
operational centre, the deep blue project also involves the use of special mission
aircraft, special mission vessels, armoured Vehicles and a 350 man maritime
security intervention unit for effective manning of the Nigerian maritime
domain.

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