26 January, 2013
The Nigerian Navy has inaugurated a 4-man committee for the takeover of the assets of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Maritime Safety and Security ceded to the Nigerian Navy.
These assets include the Integrated Coastal Maritime Radar Surveillance System (COMARASS) sited in Lagos, Escravos, Bonny, Brass and Jamestown(Calabar).The committee is to liaise with the NSA’s office and ensure a seamless handing over exercise that
guarantees an orderly takeover of these critical assets.
According to a Nigerian Navy press release made available to Beegeagle’s Blog, other tasks of the committee include compiling detailed inventory of the personnel and items in each site and arrange in situ handing over to the operational command in whose AOR the assets are domiciled. The committee will also identify the related equipment that are yet to be installed, their respective locations and take possession of them. Furthermore, the committee is to recommend the training and logistics requirements needed for integration of the assets to existing NN MDA assets and ensure continuous and uninterrupted operations.
The committee is also charged with recommending any other measure(s) that will ensure that the NN benefits maximally from the takeover of these assets.
Members of the committee are Commodore UB Onyia, Captain OM Olotu, Captain SS Seidu and Commander JO Ajodo. The committee’s report is expected by end of January 2013.
It would be recalled that the Integrated Coastal Maritime Radar Surveillance System (COMARASS) was envisioned to establish 11 monitoring stations along the entire coastline of Nigeria. Due to huge logistic requirements and other allied challenges, the System was revised to comprise critical security infrastructure at only 5 sites; Lagos, Escravos, Bonny, Brass and James Town. This was considered verifiably effective to cover the entire coastline as it relates to information gathering.