Naval Chief Visits NIMASA Over Maritime Security

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L-R: The commander, NNS Beecroft, Commodore RT Oladejo; Executive director, finance and administration, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Chudi Offodile; Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla; Director-general, NIMASA, Dr. Dayo Mobereola; Executive director operations, NIMASA, Engr. Fatai Adeyemi; Flag officer commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Bala Hassan and Commander Deep Blue, Commodore OA Akinbami during a courtesy visit by the CNS at the NIMASA headquarters, Lagos

The Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla paid a visit to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to strengthen cooperation between the Nigerian Navy and the agency for enhanced security in the Nigerian maritime sector.

During the visit, Ogalla praised NIMASA’s efforts in implementing national and international regulations to enhance safety and security in the maritime sector. He affirmed the Nigerian Navy’s commitment to supporting NIMASA in its endeavors.

Acknowledging the collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Navy, Ogalla emphasised the mutual goal of securing the maritime domain to create a conducive environment for business growth, stimulating economic contributions from the maritime industry. He reiterated the Navy’s role in enforcing maritime laws to support NIMASA’s success.

Furthermore, the Chief of Naval Staff commended NIMASA for its implementation of the Cabotage Act and the C4i centre of the Deep Blue Project, recognising their significance in enhancing maritime security and awareness.

The NIMASA DG, Dr. Dayo Mobereola expressed gratitude for the Navy’s continuous support in fulfilling NIMASA’s mandates. He pledged ongoing collaboration with the Navy for the country’s benefit, highlighting the importance of security in attracting foreign investments. Mobereola affirmed the agency’s commitment to exploring further partnerships with the Navy and revising the existing memorandum of understanding to enhance effectiveness and sustain the progress made in combating piracy.

He also highlighted the extension of Nigeria’s Exclusive Economic Zone by 20 nautical miles, underscoring the increased responsibilities for both the Navy and NIMASA in maintaining maritime security and prosperity.

Oluchi Okorafor
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