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    Saraki Commends Navy, NIMASA’s Steadfastness In Curbing Piracy

    ByHybrid Communications

    Jun 22, 2022

    The Minister of Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, on Tuesday, commanded officers and men of the Nigerian Navy for the drastic reduction in the activities of sea robbers and piracy within the nation’s territorial waters and the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

    The Minister stated that it’s being five months of zero attack around the country’s waters, which she said is the first time in 28 years.

    Senator Saraki made this statement in a keynote address she delivered at the 2022 World Hydrography Day Celebration held at the Nigerian Navy Dockyard, Lagos, with the theme: “Hydrography: Contributing to the United Nations Ocean Decade.”

    She noted that the five months crime free on the country’s waters is a feat that is being duly recognized by the International Maritime Bureau.

    “I therefore congratulate the Federal Government, The Federal Ministry of Transportation and the Nigerian Navy and of course, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on this remarkable achievement. 

    “I hope that the collaboration that made this possible will continue. This celebration of Hydrography Day is as much about the work and responsibilities of our Navy as it is about the geographical landscape of our waters. 

    “For a Nation like ours, with 853 Kilometers of coastline, hydrography is both an economic and a national security issue” she said.

    Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, said it is worthy of note that the Nigerian Navy has commenced the first indigenous systematic survey of Nigeria’s coastal and offshore waters. 

    The CNS explained it marked the beginning of systematic study of Nigeria’s waters and that the campaign would be sustained until the entire offshore waters are completely surveyed. 

    “Pertinently, knowledge of the physical properties of the environment would be used, not only for nautical charts production, but also to aid Federal Government towards policy formulation that would reverse the cycle of decline in Nigeria’s ocean health.  

    Furthermore, these hydrographic data would assist relevant agencies to delineate critical marine protected and potential deep sea mining areas.  These would further position Nigeria on the right part towards improved national economic growth, development and security” he said.

    On his part,the Hydrographer of the Navy, Rear Admiral Emeka Okafor, said the theme seeks to outline the important role hydrography plays, and, will continue to play, as the world looks for solution, to the deteriorating health of its oceans, from 2021 to 2030.

    He said it is no longer news, that, the world’s oceans cover over 70 per cent of the earth’s surface, with nearly half of the world’s human population, living within 50 miles of a coast, and more than 3.5 billion people depend on the oceans for their primary source of food.

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