The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has received a special mission aircraft as part of the Deep Blue project to secure the country’s waters as far as the Gulf of Guinea.
The General Director of NIMASA Dr. Bashir Jamoh announced this in a statement Thursday in Lagos.
Jamoh said the plane arrived on Wednesday accompanied by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, and the Executive Director of NIMASA, Finance and Administration, Mr. Chudi Offodile.
He said the assets would further improve safety in Nigerian waters.
Jamoh had previously inspected three special mission helicopters at the Naval Base in Apapa as part of the project , whose launch was billed on May 21st.
He said the attack rate in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) had fallen dramatically as a result of deploying the assets of the Deep Blue project.
According to him, the goal was to completely eliminate such incidents.
He noted that the rate of security breaches in our waters has dropped dramatically recently.
” This is a clear indication that wi r doing everything right with the Deep Blue project.
“The numbers we are receiving from the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) are encouraging. Ultimately, we want to completely remove the safety barriers to shipping and business in Nigerian maritime transport.
“IMF, a specialized division of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), is the global focus of the fight
The organization has reported a steady decline in the number of attacks on ships in Nigerian waters in recent months from last year.
“The most recent IMF quarterly report on piracy and armed robbery against ships recorded between January and March of this year only two incidents in Nigerian waters compared to eleven attacks in the same period last year.
“These numbers are evidence that we can make our waters safe, and we are determined to do it .
“Today we are here to preserve the final phase of assets under the Deep Blue project, to demonstrate our ability to secure our waters r further strengthen the Gulf of Guinea, “he said.
Jamoh said Integrated National Security and Integrated State The Rways Protection Infrastructure, popularly called the Deep Blue Project, was developed with three categories of platforms to address issues of maritime security on land, sea and in the air.
“Land assets include command, control, communications, computer and message centers for information gathering and gathering Data; 16 armored vehicles for the coastal patrol; and approximately 600 specially trained troops for the ban, known as the Maritime Security Unit.
“There are two special mission aircraft on the air to monitor the EEZ, one of which was received on May 12th and the second was expected arrive on May 18th; three special mission helicopters for search and rescue; and four unmanned aerial vehicles.