VOICE OF NIGERIA
By Eme Offiong
26 July, 2013
The Nigerian Navy will host the first Gulf of Guinea (Conference on) Regional Maritime Awareness Capability, to tackle maritime security challenges. The conference will focus on the need for
member states in the Gulf of Guinea to
seek means of intelligence exchange. It will be organised with the United States of America Office of Security Cooperation.
The Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern
Naval Command, Rear Admiral Joseph
Aikhomu said the conference was borne
out of the necessity to have complete
maritime domain awareness and
protecting the Gulf of Guinea.
“Nigeria depends on sea transportation, food, trade, energy and capital, which are essential ingredients of national security and imperatives of economic growth and development,” he explained. He says”the Navy is determined to safeguard the maritime domain against
piracy, sea robbery and other
illegalities” (acts of illegality). “The Nigerian Navy has started yielding
positive results as over 40 vessels
engaged in nefarious activities along
the coastline were seized recently,” Rear Admiral Aikhomu stated.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral
Dele Ezeoba and his counterparts from
Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Equitorial
Guinea, Angola, Namibia, South Africa,
Benin Republic, Senegal, Togo,Cameroon, Sao Tome and Principe and the Commanders, United States African
Command and the US Naval Forces Africa
will present papers at the conference.
Nigeria’s Minister of State for Defence,
Olusola Obada will be guest of honour and other stakeholders in the maritime sector as well as community leaders in the region will be participating at the
The theme of the conference is “Regional Maritime Awareness Capability Systems: a Key for enhancing Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea.” It will start on July 29 at Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort, Cross Rivers State.