MAGASHI: WITH LATEST HARDWARE, WE’RE SET TO OVERCOME INSECURITY IN OUR WATERS
- Defense Minister, Amaechi, CNS inspect Deep Blue Project facilities
- Buhari fulfilling long national dream – transport minister
- It’s a new dawn for maritime – Bashir Jamoh, PhD
As Nigeria gets set to deploy maritime security assets acquired under the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, members of the Deep Blue Project Steering Committee have visited Lagos, Warri, Benin, and Onne to inspect the assets at the various locations. The delegation, led by Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), included Minister of Transportation, Chibuike.R. Amaechi, and Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas. They were joined by DG NIMASA Bashir Jamoh, PhD and other members of the presidential committee on the inspection tour meant to confirm the readiness of the maritime assets for deployment. Speaking to journalists after the inspection concluded at the weekend, Magashi, who is also Chairman of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Deep Blue Project, expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness for the launch of the assets.
The defence minister added, “Sea piracy is already being tackled by our naval men, whose responsibility is to protect our waterways and they are doing a good job. The Gulf of Guinea is so vast; it involves many countries, with crimes being committed by citizens of these countries. The navy is already containing the situation. Before now, sea piracy was high, but it has reduced to a situation where I can say we are in control. The implementation of this project will further help in this direction.” – Bashir Jamoh
where the Deep Blue Project is domiciled, described the planned assets deployment as the beginning of a new dawn for the Nigerian maritime industry.
Bashir Jamoh stated,
“We have come a long way in the achievement of this dream, the dream of staying ahead of the machinations of criminals bent on thwarting our yearning for maximum benefits from the rich maritime resources Nature has endowed us with”