No Piracy Incident, Marítime Crimes In Two Years – Oyetola

The minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Thursday, announced that Nigeria hasn’t recorded piracy or maritime crimes on its waterways since 2022.
The minister disclosed this during the 2024 graduation ceremony of the advance training program for the Marítime Security Unit (MSU) of the deep blue project, held in Port Harcourt Rivers State.
According to the minister, the deployment of the deep blue platforms and assets in 2021 contributed to the drop in piracy and other Marítime crimes on the nation’s coastal water.
The minister disclosed that the deep blue project also contributed immensely to the removal of Nigeria from the piracy hot list by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
“Since the full deployment of the Deep Blue platforms and assets in 2021 within the Nigerian Continental Shelf, maritime security has been significantly enhanced. The project has contributed immensely to the significant reduction in piracy and other maritime crimes, thus enhancing safety and security in Nigerian waters.
“Sequel to this, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) has removed Nigeria from Piracy Hot List. The achievement of zero piracy incidence in Nigerian waters since 2022 is quite commendable and we are committed to sustaining this with the combined effort of all key players.  It is to be noted that United Nations Security Council, at its 905th meeting, acknowledged the progress made by Nigeria in maritime security with reference to the contributions of the deep blue project.
“Let me assure you all that His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR, who has demonstrated unwavering support for our maritime security initiatives, is resolute in his commitment to sustaining this momentum. His leadership and vision have been instrumental in our journey so far, and we are confident that his administration will continue to provide the necessary support and resources to ensure the enduring safety and security in our waters.”
Speaking earlier, the director general of the Nigerian Marítime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dayo Mobereola, disclosed that Nigeria has been delisted from list of piracy prone countries in 2023.
He also stated that the agency will continue to seek collaboration in its quest to achieve sustainable security in the nation Maritime domain.
It is noteworthy that Nigeria was delisted from the list of piracy-prone nations last year after a sustained period of zero piracy attacks in Nigerian waters.
“Let me  commend the entire Deep Blue team for the progress made since its inception in 2019. It is noteworthy that Nigeria was delisted from the list of piracy-prone nations last year after a sustained period of zero piracy attacks in Nigerian waters.”
“With NIMASA providing the administrative and logistical support, and your valiant efforts on the frontline, I am confident that we will realize our collective aspiration of a secure and prosperous maritime domain, thus paving the way for the sustainable development of Nigeria’s blue economy,” the DG stated.
He further noted that the training of the officers prepare them to respond effectively to any challenges that may arise, thereby safeguard the national interests as well drive the nation’s economic prosperity.
“The graduates of this continuous capacity development training will serve as guardians of our maritime assets, safeguarding our waters against piracy, illegal fishing, and maritime smuggling, and ensuring the safety and security of our marine resources. Their training in tactical shooting drills, operational demonstrations, and other essential skills prepares them to respond effectively to any challenges that may arise, thereby safeguarding our national interests and driving economic prosperity.
“The Commissioning of the Armoured Vehicle Workshop demonstrates our commitment to modernizing and optimizing our military assets, ensuring our vehicles are in optimal condition and ready for deployment at any time. For the graduates, this means access to reliable equipment, enhancing their operational capabilities.”
“Moreover, this development represents a sustainable approach to reducing our reliance on foreign maintenance services and cultivating self-sufficiency. The workshop will play a vital role in ensuring our forces have the necessary mechanical support to maintain operational effectiveness, thereby bolstering our national security and independence.”
“A few days ago, we witnessed the demonstration by the Maritime Security Unit in Lagos. This is a clear confirmation of the unit’s capability and readiness to tackle various maritime security challenges.
Furthermore, the Deep Blue Project emphasizes the importance of collaboration and partnership, involving various stakeholders such as the entire Nigerian Armed Forces, the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, with NIMASA serving as the lead facilitator, and the private sector. We will continue to seek collaboration in our quest to achieve sustainable security in the Nigerian Maritime domain,” Dr Mobereola stated.

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