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Gulf of Guinea Focus: Week 23


Nigerian Navy at 68: Tinubu Commissions Three Ships, Two Helicopters To Address Maritime Illegalities
Nigerian Navy at 68: Tinubu Commissions Three Ships, Two Helicopters To Address Maritime Illegalities

President Bola Tinubu commissioned three ships and two helicopters at the Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday, to boost the Nigerian Navy’s preparedness for the protection of the nation’s Blue Economy. The commissioning of the platforms was part of activities lined up for the celebration of the 68th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy. While declaring open the 5th International Maritime Conference, shortly after commissioning the platforms, Tinubu, who was represented by the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, noted that since the formation of the Nigerian Navy 68 years ago, the service had continued to confront contending issues by adopting what he described as the most optimal policies and strategies to address the rapidly changing security challenges in the nation.


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Navy Rejigs Operations To Ensure Protection Of Nigeria’s Blue Economy
Navy Rejigs Operations To Ensure Protection Of Nigeria’s Blue Economy

The Nigerian Navy has rejigged its maritime security operations to ensure protection of Nigeria’s Blue Economy, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Rear Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, said. Ogalla said this during the 68th Anniversary of the Nigerian Navy which held at Naval Dockyard, Victoria Island, Lagos.The anniversary kicked-off with an International Maritime Conference with the theme:“ Promoting The Blue Economy In Africa Through International Cooperation On Maritime Security”. According to him, the Nigerian Navy has embarked on fleet recapitalisation, manpower development, indigenous shipbuilding efforts and strategic partnership to secure Nigeria’s maritime domain and by extension, the Gulf of Guinea region.


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Prolonged Marine Bridge Closure Hampering Cargo Evacuation from Apapa Port — Haastrup
Prolonged Marine Bridge Closure Hampering Cargo Evacuation from Apapa Port — Haastrup

The prolonged closure of a section of the outbound lane of Marine Bridge in Apapa, Lagos is slowing down the evacuation of goods cleared from the Lagos Port Complex Apapa, Chairman of the Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Princess Vicky Haastrup has said. The STOAN Chairman, who stated this in Lagos weekend, appealed to the Federal Ministry of Works to speed up ongoing repairs on the bridge to ensure its prompt reopening. She also expressed concerns about the frequent partial closure of the busy bridge. Princess Haastrup said the bridge has experienced prolonged partial and intermittent closures over the past two years without noticeable appreciable progress of the repair work being done.


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Integrating NIMASA C4I, Naval Falcon Eye a Top Priority – Matawalle
Integrating NIMASA C4I, Naval Falcon Eye a Top Priority – Matawalle

Minister of State, Defence Bello Matawalle has declared Federal Government’s commitment to integrating the operations of the Command Control Computer Communication Information System of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA and the surveillance facility of the Nigerian Navy known as the Falcon eye system for the security of the Nigerian Maritime space to engender economic prosperity. Matawalle who stated this shortly after a working visit to the NIMASA C4i centre in Kirikiri over the weekend to inspect the operational model of the facility said that Nigeria will benefit much more if all Agencies of Government can synergize seamlessly and improve information sharing amongst one another for the benefit of Nigeria..


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LASWA, Marine Police, Navy Collaborate To Curb Crime On Lagos Waterways
LASWA, Marine Police, Navy Collaborate To Curb Crime On Lagos Waterways

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) says it is working with the Marine Police and the Nigerian Navy to curb insecurity on Lagos waterways. Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, General Manager of LASWA, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to Emmanuel, beyond the Marine police and the Navy, LASWA has its command and control centre to monitor the waterways adequately. He spoke against the backdrop of reported cases of crime and criminality along the state’s waterways. “On issues of banditry, piracy and other crimes along the waterways, we have the numbers, but how many people did we hear that were kidnapped last year around the Lagos inland waterways?


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Maritime Security: Hope For Improved MOU With Nigerian Navy As Chief Of Naval Staff Visits NIMASA
Maritime Security: Hope For Improved MOU With Nigerian Navy As Chief Of Naval Staff Visits NIMASA

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla paid a working visit to Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA in continuation of efforts to deepen the cooperation between the Nigerian Navy and the Agency to achieve sustainable security in the Nigerian maritime domain. Speaking during the visit, Vice Admiral Ogalla acknowledged efforts of the Agency in implementing both national and international regulatory instruments to improve safety and security in the maritime domain, adding that the Nigerian Navy under his leadership is committed to supporting NIMASA to succeed.


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