18 May 2013
By Jude Okwe in Calabar

Digital facilities that will help the Nigerian Navy in surveillance operations IN the Gulf of Guinea have been installed at the Eastern Naval Command. The facilities will enhance intelligence gathering and checkmate the movement of pirates and other sea criminals. With this facility in place, officers and men of the command can conveniently monitor onshore and offshore activities in the Gulf of Guinea, tracking down pirates, smugglers, pipeline vandals and all those involved in economic sabotage more effectively.

At the inauguration of the ICT intelligence centre at NNS Victory,Calabar, the Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Joseph Aikhomu said with the establishment of the centre, the Navy’s reaction to developments at the Gulf of Guinea would be swifter. He commended the company, which installed the facility, Protection Plus Services Ltd, for assisting the command in the discharge of its duties, noting that such a symbiotic relationship was needed for the protection of Nigeria’s territorial waters.

“This morning I briefed the Chief of Naval Staff about this ICT centre and he commended the initiative. He sent his congratulations. This ICT/Intelligence centre has state of the art facilities.From here we can easily monitor the security situation in our zone. This centre is just like those found in the advanced countries.

“This centre is significant in many ways as we all learn every day.It is also meant to teach our officers and men ICT knowledge considering that the modern world is information driven. We shall deploy it to full use. The money spent here is not the issue but the knowledge that will be acquired and the ease with which our job will be done,” Aikhomu said.

Commander of NNS Victory, Commodore James Oladapo Oluwole said he envisioned having an ICT centre of dual purpose in place and worked towards realizing it adding that he did not initially know how the centre was going to be established and commended Protection Plus Services Ltd for coming to the aid of the command. He said the centre would be open for use by sister services, who want to train their personnel and that the portal would be at the disposal all officers and men of the command whom, he said must be ICT compliant if they want to source for information on the internet from any part of the world.

Mr. Ubong King of Protection Plus Services Ltd explained that his childhood ambition had been to bequeath to his children a Nigeria that is safe and good enough to live in, hence they ventured into hi-tech security provision in the country and commended the Chief of Naval Staff for his visionary leadership.

King maintained that his desire has always been to see a Nigerian Navy that its personnel could sit within the confines of their offices and monitor security offshore and onshore and plot response easily, noting that with this centre, the entire Gulf of Guinea could easily be seen from it. The company, according to King, is into security, logistics and maritime but that the aim of the firm was to become “a global security company with local perspective in every part of the world in order to continually provide quality, efficient and timely services.”


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  1. Number one says:

    Proforce,protection plus,modant marine,i see the rise of the Nigerian defense industry.

  2. beegeagle says:

    So let it be done, bro.

  3. makanaky says:

    Good move, better co-ordination in the fight against sea crime

  4. Henry says:

    Oga Numberone, I could not agree with you more. The only way to grow our defence industry is to allow private firms come in.

    PROFORCE DEFENCE= with their PF-1 APC,
    Modant marine,
    And these guys, we would surely be on a way to self sufficiency in defence manufacturing.

  5. jimmy says:

    Oga beegeagle was there any foreign aid involvement or was it totally indigenous?
    On a very important point.We should salute the F.G. and in particular G.E.J as much as yours truly has constantly criticized, encouraged, cajoled. One of the things we continuously advocated was the continuous build of infra structure in the naval facilities. it is hard to imagine that just recently a senior officer remarked that Thank god the era of using torch light to catch PIRATES HAS PASSED. This is how far we have come in such a short period of time. As we celebrate this ,the key to continuity is to have a maintenance culture especially with regards to such very sensitive equipment.

  6. Spirit says:

    Situational awareness! This is good
    This center will definitely enhance the Command, Control, Communication, Computer and Intelligence capability of the NN Eastern Naval Command.
    The pirates and oil thieves are in deep shit!

  7. Yagazie says:

    This is a very welcome development especially the fact that the ICT surveillance centre equipment was installed by an indigenous outfit. However it’s one thing to have surveillance capability (which is very important) ….it’s quite another to have the requisite ocean going platforms that can be used to intercept pirate vessels picked up by the surveillance equipment.

    KUDOS must however be given to the President GEJ administration/DHQ, the current CDS and the current CNS for the stirling work that is going on in re-equipping our Navy. We are already begining to see the results as they take on the oil-bunkerers. The pirates who attack ships in our territorial waters – are next!! Long may this continue!!

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