Aircrafts required by security agencies to patrol the nation’s waterways and ensure the safety of sea going vessels are being awaited.
The aircrafts which are to be delivered soon would fly within Nigeria’s airspace as part of a massive maritime security arrangement, code-named Deep Blue Project.
Launched by the Federal Government, the project is designed to check the activities of sea pirates and others whose actions are helping to promote acts of insecurity and gangsterism within Nigeria’s waterways.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi who was on hand to inspect some of the infrastructure needed for the takeoff of the project said everything was being put in place to guarantee maritime safety.
“Today, we commenced inspection of our maritime security architecture and assests #DeepBlueProject”, the Minister who took to his Twitter handle disclosed.
“All equipments including vessels, UAVs, interceptor boats, sattelite and ground communication systems, etc., are now in the country”, Amaechi also revealed.
He however hinted that the country was awaiting the delivery of the aircrafts which would be used to monitor maritime operations from the skies.
Securing Nigerian waters in order to deepen maritime operations and protect shipowners have become a major concern.
Vessels expected to carry cargo from seaports to dry docks that are further inland have commenced operations.
Already, the Ministry of Transportation acting in concert with sister organisations such as the NPA and NIMASA are ensuring that other seaports in the country operate optimally.
The Onne and Calabar ports are among seaports that are receiving cargo, following a decentralization plan that is intended to decongest the Apapa port and enhance economic activities in other parts of the country.
Only recently, barges moving inland were transported from the Onne Port in Rivers State to the Onitsha port on the bank of the River Niger.
It was the first time residents and business owners would witness such an event in 40 years.
Officials of the Ministry of Transportation reckon that Nigeria’s economic diversification plan could receive a boost through the provision of much needed infrastructure.
To ensure that this happens, the current Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has secured the mandate from the federal authorities to procure appropriate security architecture required to safeguard the nation’s waterways from the air, water and land.
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