Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has graduated another 298
surveillance officers in basic training course for the implementation of the
Integrated Security and Waterway Protection Infrastructure also known as the
Deep Blue Project.
Speaking at the graduation
ceremony held at the military base in Elele in Rivers State, the Director
General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside noted that the capacity development
component of the Deep Blue project is on course as the Agency prepares to
receive the land and maritime infrastructure component of the Project.
Executive Director, Maritime Labour and Cabotage Services of the Agency, Mr.
Gambo Ahmed stated the land based intervention force is expected to work closely with the command
and control center to effectively police the Nigerian maritime domain, thus enhancing
security in the Gulf of Guinea.
critical force for intervention which is expected to work closely with the
command and control center to effectively police the Nigerian Maritime Domain
is becoming a reality as they will bring to bear what they have learnt here,”
the DG said.
assure Nigerians that the project jointly implemented by the Ministry of
Transportation and the Ministry of Defence will greatly curb criminality in the
Nigerian maritime domain.
threats posed by insecurity to our maritime economy and the need to support
economic renaissance of the nation led to the bi-ministerial collaboration of
the Federal Ministries of Defence and Transportation under the supervision of
the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) to the President to develop a
robust maritime security architecture comprising all Military and Security
Services that would ensure conducive and enduring maritime environment for the
ceremony, Mr. Micky Gnash of Homeland Security International (HLSI) who are
consultants to the project gave the composition of the graduants as 110
officers and men of the Nigerian Army and 198 officers and men of the Nigerian
Navy. “They were trained on combat related courses, ranging from physical
training, sharp shooting techniques and ability to use the arm from a range,
bare hands fighting in open terrain, built up areas and in the bush”. He also
added that the training was tailored towards empowering them for the enormous
task of safeguarding the Nigerian territorial water ways.”
concluded, the officers will proceed on the advance training in September,
2019, which is expected to last for 8 months.
Commander 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General V. Okoro who
represented the Chief of Army Staff and Commander, Pathfinder Base of the
Nigerian Navy, Commodore S.J Bura who represented the Chief of the Naval staff
and the Maritime Guard Commander, NIMASA, Commodore Ibok.
Systems Operation training is part of the human capacity building towards the
Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, which is
a Federal Government initiative aimed at ensuring comprehensive Nigerian
maritime domain surveillance and security.