By Godfrey AKON
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has assured that the plan to secure the country’s waters and the Gulf of Guinea through the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also known as the Deep Blue Project, is receiving attention.
Buhari, who stated this during his Independence Day speech to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st anniversary, said Nigerians and stakeholders in the entire region would soon feel the impact.
“Earlier this year, I launched the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, the Deep Blue Project, which is designed to secure Nigerian waters up to the Gulf of Guinea. I am happy to inform Nigerians that we have taken delivery of key assets for this project and very soon, its impact will be felt,” the President declared.
The Deep Blue Project is a security architecture by the Federal Ministry of Transportation, which is domiciled with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA.
Meanwhile, a statement by NIMASA’s Assistant Director on Public Relations, Osagie Edward, said the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has responded that the Agency is more committed to zero tolerance for insecurity in the country’s waters than ever before.
Jamoh also disclosed that the agency was engaged in continuous collaboration with critical stakeholders in the pursuit of its mandates.
It further noted that the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo, recently in an event to commemorate World Maritime Day, in Lagos, restated the commitment of the Nigerian Navy to the successful implementation of the Deep Blue Project, working with NIMASA.