=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === The Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also known as Deep Blue Project of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), was on Thursday, launched by President Muhammadu Buhari at the ENL Terminal, Apapa Port, Lagos.
Speaking at the event, Buhari said, ‘‘I am confident that the project, which provides a robust maritime security architecture, will enhance maritime domain awareness capability and improve law enforcement action, particularly in the prosecution of suspects under the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences Act which I signed into law in June 2019.
‘‘This Flag-off is an important step in the continuing shift in strategic action about regional maritime security.
‘‘It will serve as a benchmark for member states in the Gulf of Guinea and other relevant stakeholders to further develop innovative strategies and align efforts with the subsisting framework to improve maritime security in the region,’ .
The project will be implemented by NIMASA, in conjunction with the Armed Forces, the Nigerian Police, the Department of State Services, and other security agencies.
The project was conceived in 2017 and is fortified with land, sea, and air assets to comprehensively tackle maritime security threats.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The project, when completed, will help prevent illegal activities in the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone, enforce maritime regulations, enhance the safety of lives at sea, and prevent illegal activities in the inland waterways