By Ignatius Ushie
The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that the Maritime Security Project will be launched in Lagos in June by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement made available to Transport Day in Abuja and signed by Anastasia Ogbonna, Assistant Director Press in the Ministry.
The Minister made this known when the Belgium Ambassador to Nigeria paid him a courtesy visit. According to Ameachi “the Crisis in the Maritime Sector is the maritime Insecurity and its more complex than the world knows” but the Federal Government has come up with a solution and it is ready to take off.
The Navy, Police, Army and State Security Service are involved, adding that, if it is successful, in the near future there will be improvement in the Maritime security, than other countries in the Gulf of Guinea can adopt it, “75% or 65% of crime comes from our water and if we are able to eliminate it then we will be making a lot of progress”.
“If you are in the air, you see what is happening in the water, you are inside the water, you will be able to respond, the helicopter has the capacity to drop in the Naval men when they see anything suspicious”, He said.
Speaking further, he said that he will be glad to partner and share information with anyone who wants information for the purpose of securing the Gulf of the Guinea.
Earlier, the Belgium Ambassador to Nigeria, Daniel Bertrand officially presented a letter to the Minister requesting for the support of the Nigerian government for the Belgium candidate for the position at the International Maritime Organization, adding that they have observed with keen interest what is happening in the Gulf of Guinea and would like to be of assistance and give support to the implementation of the maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.