May 28, 2024

Maritime Security: Nigeria, Spain Pledge To Deepen Collaboration

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Maritime Security: Nigeria, Spain Pledge To Deepen Collaboration

By Ossy Onyenwezi

The Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Ambassador Juan Ignacio Sell, has declared that the Spanish Government is very keen on deepening it relationships with Nigeria through further collaboration with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA. Ambassador Juan made this declaration while inspecting the two new Bulletproof Security boats, built for NIMASA by a Spanish Company, Aresa. This is just as the Director General of NIMASA Dr. Dayo Mobereola says deploying the vessels is a priority.

Ambassador Juan said, “This is one more milestone in the cooperation between Spain and Nigeria for maritime security. The Spanish government sees Nigeria as prime in attaining security in the Gulf of Guinea. We also have a naval ship present in the Gulf of Guinea to enhance security. The message from our president back home is for the embassy to seek more partnerships with Nigeria in the Maritime Sector. The creation of the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry by President Bola Tinubu GCFR is a sign that this administration is committed to harnessing the Ocean potentials and Spain is ready to support Nigeria all the way. This is why I came from Abuja to see the DG”, he said.

On his part, the NIMASA DG noted that management, under his leadership, will fast track the deployment of the patrol boats as soon as possible. He also welcomed the partnership with Spain, noting that security in the maritime domain can not be done in silos.

“Maritime security cannot be done in silos by any country. Collaboration plays a major role in achieving safety and security in the maritime domain. We appreciate the gesture from the Spanish government, and we will explore areas of collaboration, particularly in terms of both human and infrastructural development. We will work out the logistics so that these vessels can be deployed immediately. I am confident that they will be instrumental not just to enhance security in Nigerian waters, but also shore up revenue accruable to the Federal Government as Port calls by vessels will increase, and Fishing in Nigerian Coastal waters will become a major industry in Nigeria.

The 8 passenger, 13.2 meters long Security Boats with a fuel capacity of 3000 litres is fully air-conditioned with a range of 500 Nautical Miles. They are powered with two 2,300 horsepower outboard engines with a maximum speed of 45 Knots and 25 Knots at cruising speed. NIMASA now has seven fast intervention bulletproof Aresa boats to be deployed soon.

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