War against pirates: Nigerian Navy deploys 13 warships, 1,500 troops in Gulf of Guinea
On Thursday, the Nigerian Navy deployed 13 warships, two helicopters, and 1,500 troops in a special military exercise against pirates in the Gulf of Guinea.
The deployment was a joint naval exercise with the French Navy and the Royal Navy.
Naval Chief of Staff, CNS Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, announced the deployment at the launch of Exercise Grand African NEMO 2021 in Onne, Rivers.
Represented by Rear Admiral Obi Egbuchulam, the General Officer Commanding the Central Naval Command, Gambo said three foreign Navies will also participate in the exercise.
He said the six-day exercise was also aimed at containing waves of oil thief attacks on critical oil and gas facilities as well as other crimes in Nigeria‘s territorial waters.
CNS said: “Exercise Grand African NEMO 2021 is an initiative of the French Navy in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy and allied partners, to improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.
“The exercise involves a multi-faceted deployment at sea and ashore of naval assets from the three operations commands of the Nigerian Navy.
“The exercise aims to ensure freedom of navigation in the country’s maritime environment and in the Gulf of Guinea by strengthening coordination in the fight against maritime insecurity.
According to Gambo, crimes include piracy, theft at sea, illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing as well as illegal bunkering of oil and the illicit trafficking of people, weapons, and drugs.
He said the exercise would improve policing in the country’s exclusive economic zone and the navy’s capabilities and ability to secure the country’s waterways.
“To this end, the exercise will involve a total of 13 ships, around 1,500 people, two helicopters, and three foreign warships, including the French Navy and the Royal Navy.
“The Nigerian Navy Maritime Awareness Area facilities and Special Vessel Service (Navy Special Forces) elements will also participate in the exercise.
“The exercise will also cover the fight against piracy, the protection of oil installations as well as the conduct of search and rescue operations, among others,” he said.
The Naval Chief said the country’s economic zone had witnessed recent threats from criminal gangs, hence the Navy’s current new strategy to deny criminals freedom of action.
He said the morale of the troops had been boosted with the recent signing of the anti-piracy law.
According to him, the special military exercise will serve to consolidate the achievements of “Exercise Beni Kekere”, carried out three months ago, and of “Operation Calm Waters II” underway.
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NIMASA collaborates with NCC to regulate submarine cable operation for enhanced navigational safety on Nigerian waters
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Apparently alarmed by the indiscriminate laying of communication cables and pipelines underneath the Nigerian waters by telecommunications operators and other allied professionals which has the potential of harming the safe navigation of ships, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) has engaged the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in a strategic discussion to forge a formidable synergy with other relevant stakeholders with a view to developing a regulatory framework to provide operational guidelines for submarine Cable and Pipeline Operators in Nigeria.
Officials of both organs of Government in Lagos reached this agreement at a pre Audit meeting on submarine cable regulation.
The Director General of NIMASA Dr. Bashir Jamoh, who chaired the meeting, which also had the Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) Mr. Dasuki Arabi in attendance, noted that the Agency is committed to the Ease of Doing Business while implementing International Conventions which Nigeria has ratified and domesticated.
He noted that with Nigeria now a destination for global communication players, the time has come to prevent unregulated underwater cable laying, which might become hazardous to shipping.
According to him, “It is worthy to note that marine cable laying has been ongoing for over two decades in Nigerian waters.
“Our focus is to ensure the safety of navigation of shipping in Nigerian waters with all these underwater cables being laid.
“NIMASA is actually developing the guidelines to regulate submarine cable operators in line with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS; which we have ratified and NIMASA is the Agency of Government in Nigeria responsible for its implementation.
“Collaboration is a key component of ease of doing business in the best interest of the country and we will work closely with the NCC to achieve this”.
On his part, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, who was represented by the Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Efosa Idehen, noted that the stakeholders’ dialogue strategy adopted by NIMASA in developing the guidelines would ensure a win-win situation, urging NIMASA management to include the Ministry of Justice, a request NIMASA DG immediately granted.
Also speaking at the meeting was the Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms Mr. Dasuki Arabi, who commended NIMASA and NCC for adopting effective Inter-Agency collaboration to avert a potential challenge for the country in the future.
NIMASA had notified submarine and cable operators in Nigeria of a soon-to-be-implemented regulatory guideline for submarine cables and pipelines in Nigeria, in line with the provisions of UNCLOS.
NIMASA and the NCC agreed to identify and resolve areas of likely regulatory overlaps, ensuring a regulatory framework based on consultation to engender the attainment of Nigeria’s digital economy transformation.
Officials of the Federal Ministry of Environment and representatives of Submarine Cable operators in Nigeria were also at the meeting.
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