NIMASA Commissions $195million Maritime Security Deep Blue Project

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, yesterday commissioned its Command, Control Computer Communications and Information system otherwise known as the (C4I), a development that checkmate illegal fish poaching and other criminal activities on the nation’s coastal and territorial waters.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, NIMASA’s Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside said that insecurity is a major deterrent to existing and prospective businesses adding that combative steps have taken to with a view to eradicating cancerous elements that will hinder investment in the maritime sector.

Peterside also said that the aim of the collaboration between the Federal ministries of Defence and Transportation was to develop a robust maritime security architecture comprising of all military and security Services in order to ensure a conducive and sustainable environment for maritime business.

He said: “In recent times, the Gulf of Guinea has been a source of concern to the international community due to high levels of insecurity plaguing the region, with the Nigeria maritime domain having the highest numbers of security incidents in the region.

“It is given that insecurity is a major deterrent to existing and prospective businesses. Therefore combative step must be taken in order to eradicate these cancerous elements that can stop business confidence in the country with Nigeria economic life wire depending strongly on its Exclusive Economic Zone and the Gulf of Guinea due to the volume of economic activities that take place in the region.

“The present threat posed by the insecurity in our maritime domain accompanied by the need to support the 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 to the President.

“It is this collaboration that gave rise to the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure – The Deep Blue  Project  of the Federal Government”.