Nigeria’s government ensures the safety of the country’s waterways.
During the Scorecard series of President Muhammadu Buhari’s (PMB) second edition Administration (2015-2023) as the Nigeria leader, which was held in Abuja on Monday, Mu’azu Sambo, who is the transport minister asserted that the Federal Government had taken control of the nation’s waterways through the execution of the Deep Blue project. He stated that the nation had not documented any instances of piracy in its maritime domain ever since the project’s launch in June of 2021.
As part of its multifaceted and intermodal mission, the Ministry in Charge of Transportation and Infrastructure has been tasked with ensuring the safety and security of the country’s international waters and those of the country’s waterways and rail corridors in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders. However, it is important to know that when it comes to piracy, the Gulf of Guinea is considered to be the most dangerous place in the entire globe.
Piracy acts within Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone will be tamed.
The ministry put into action the deep blue project, also known as the integrated national security and waterway protection infrastructure, to end piracy acts within Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone. There is also security in the Gulf of Guinea and marine organization of West and Central African states to prevent illicit operations in the maritime waters under Nigeria’s jurisdiction. A further objective of the project is to strengthen compliance with maritime regulations in order to reduce the risk of loss of life at sea.
He stated that with such an impressive track record, the country is getting ready to confront the conflict zone insurance load that has been placed on the Nigeria-bound shipping community. Also, the Buhari government passed the anti-piracy bill, which is vital legislation that has been a problem for several previous administrations before 2015. He added that the legislation would prohibit and eradicate armed robbery, piracy and all other unlawful behaviour against ships, aircraft, and marine transportation, including fixed and floating platforms.
The waterway will make Nigeria’s products more marketable globally.
More than 10,000 kilometres of inland waterways and approximately 850 kilometres of coastal waters can be located in Nigeria. Then what kind of a business is someone running by transporting containers by road from Lagos to Onitsha? He asked. According to Sambo, if we as a nation are able to develop the inland waterways to the point where they are competitive, then not only will the pricing of our commodities on the international market be very competitive, but so will the product prices we import from other countries.
Moreover, the minister emphasized that the concession of the port of Onitsha had been successful and that other ports had been established in the states of Niger, Kogi, and Imo at Baro and Lokoja, respectively. Government efforts to build dry inland ports, according to Sambo, are all about bringing navigation to the people. He said that Kaduna and Dala, two dry inland ports, had been successfully designated as home ports by the government, including Funtua, Isialangwa, Aba, Jos, and Maiduguri, were in various stages of development.
The Anti-Piracy Act made piracy and other crimes punishable.
Speaking of the usefulness of the anti-piracy bill that the Buhari-led administration passed, he stated that the passage of the bill had made it possible to administer justice in the country for piracy and other offences related to maritime activity. Regarding inland waterways, he stated that the Buhari government had considered using them as an alternate means of transportation in addition to roads, airplanes, and trains because they were economical and kind to the environment.
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Kudos to the brain behing the deep blue project to protect our waterways and we thank God for every anti piracy bill passed into law to fight piracy to the nearest minimum and it’s effect has been felt in a positive way sine 2021.
The way our territorial boundary is important, that is the same for our water ways. Our water ways should be secured from pirates or any criminal outfits that seeks to cause havoc.
It is to everyone’s advantage that the Federal Government has assumed command of the waterways of the nation in order to see the Deep Blue project through to completion.
Since the beginning of the project, the nation has not reported any instances of piracy occurring within its territorial waters, which is a disappointing development.
It is essential to be aware of the fact that, in terms of the threat posed by pirates, the Gulf of Guinea is widely regarded as the most hazardous region on the entire planet.
Because they were cheap and environmentally friendly, the Buhari administration has contemplated utilizing them as an alternative to cars, planes, and trains.
We have to secure our water ways also from any danger a nice project of deep blue project to protect and guide our water way from any attack of pirates
After having proven itself capable, it is bracing itself to shoulder the burden of conflict zone insurance placed on the Nigeria-bound shipping community.
If our country is successful in developing its inland waterways to the point where it is competitive, not only will the prices of our commodities on the international market be very competitive
It is vitally important to be aware of the fact that, in terms of the danger posed by pirates, the Gulf of Guinea is usually regarded as the most dangerous place on the entire world. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to stay vigilant in this area.
In order to put an end to acts of piracy within Nigeria’s exclusive economic zone, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs put into motion the Deep Blue Project, which is also known as the Integrated National Security and Waterway Protection Infrastructure.
The approval of the bill had opened the door for the administration of justice in the country for instances of piracy and other offenses that were associated with maritime activity.
The significance of our nation’s waterways should not be understated in comparison to that of our territorial boundaries. Pirates and other criminal organizations that attempt to sow mayhem on our waterways ought to be stopped and prevented from doing so.
The integrated national security and waterway protection infrastructure proposed to end piracy acts within the country’s exclusive economic zone has proven to be effective seeing how there have been changes since it was implemented.
Nigeria’s government ensure the safety of the country’s waterways. That is a nice project.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should put into motion the Deep Blue Project, which is also known as the Integrated National Security and Waterway Protection Infrastructure.
The activities of the pirates has been so alarming but since the Buhari led administration has anti-piracy to guide against every forms of theft in the deep blue sea.
The Ministry in Charge of Transportation and Infrastructure has been tasked with ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s international waters, as well as that of its waterways and rail corridors, in cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders, as part of its multifaceted and intermodal mission.
It will be better if our waterways is secured against the increased rate of piracy on the waterways to ease the process of business.
It is crucial to be aware that the Gulf of Guinea is usually recognized as the world’s most dangerous region in terms of the threat presented by pirates.