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Minister launches “Nchekwa Oshimili”

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By Mercy Kelani

Translated as guarding the sea, it will help to safeguard the maritime domain.

The Nigerian Navy Chief of Naval Staff Sea Inspection, “Nchekwa Oshimili”, was launched at Onne, Rivers State this year, 2023. At the launch, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, Minister of State for Defence, praised the Nigerian Navy for their efforts in safeguarding the nation and protecting the maritime environment, which has led to a decrease in water-based crimes, increased economic prosperity, and an increase in crude oil production. The exercise has the aim of eliminating all forms of criminal activities in the maritime domain.

He claimed that the maritime space safety project called ‘Nchekwa Oshimili,’ translating to guarding the sea, was highlighted as an essential initiative among various actions taken by the Nigerian Navy to safeguard the maritime domain and promote economic growth and national prosperity in Nigeria. The President’s support has been instrumental in facilitating various Nigerian Navy operations, such as this exercise. Over the past three months, under the guidance of the Chief of Naval Staff, the Nigerian Navy has experienced a range of accomplishments during its operational endeavours.

This exercise will evaluate the naval fleet’s operational prowess.

Also, the Navy is undertaking various measures to guarantee a maritime environment that facilitates economic success and national progress. These measures include patrols, surveillance, and other formidable endeavours aimed at ensuring safety and security. He proceeded by applauding these endeavours, stating that there has been a significant decline in these offenses, ultimately resulting in a boost in economic engagements. In recent times, there has been a notable surge in oil production, indicating the significant impact of the Nigerian Navy’s operations. The upcoming Exercise, Nchekwa Oshimili, will serve as an additional reinforcement to the ongoing efforts aimed at strengthening water security.

Matawalle further assured the Navy of his unwavering commitment to providing them with utmost assistance, enabling them to fulfil their responsibilities with great efficacy. Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, the esteemed Chief of Naval Staff, has expressed in his introductory speech the significance of the four-day inspection as an annual affair. This exercise serves the crucial purpose of evaluating the naval fleet’s operational prowess. Ogalla expressed the importance of evaluating the functionality and preparedness of the naval fleet in order to effectively confront maritime security concerns as mandated by the Nigerian constitution.

There has been an increase in legitimate shipping activities.

Additionally, the Chief of Naval Staff affirmed that the complete readiness of the Nigerian Navy is imperative to ensuring optimal assistance for the current maritime security endeavours led by the Federal Government, both within the country and across the region. Therefore, the aim of this activity is to boost collaboration and the exchange of information, thereby strengthening the overall competencies of individuals involved in maritime affairs to combat these offenses. The nation’s maritime environment and the Gulf of Guinea, a crucial trade and communication route, were chosen as sites for examination, according to the Naval chief.

Ogalla emphasized that the Navy remained committed to upholding the momentum that led to the extraction of crude oil. Furthermore, he voiced a positive outlook, asserting that the country would imminently achieve its daily production goal and even exceed it. Nigeria removal from the International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) list of piracy-prone nations is an important point to highlight. He further stated that there has been an increase in legitimate shipping activities as reported by various regional awareness centers, which can be attributed to the decrease in the crime rate in Nigerian waters.

4,000 naval staff will be actively engaged in the forthcoming operation.

Rear Adm. Olusola Oluwagbire, in charge of the Eastern Naval Command, disclosed that a notable 4,000 naval staff will be actively engaged in the forthcoming operation. According to the FOC, the navy has plans to incorporate four maritime domain awareness facilities into its operations. These facilities consist of four operational bases, two support units, and four platforms owned by individuals or organisations involved in the sector. Prof. Ngozi Odu, the Deputy Governor of Rivers State, graced the occasion alongside notable figures including commanders from multiple Navy, Army, and Air Force divisions.


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AN-Toni
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3 months ago

Minister launches “Nchekwa Oshimili”. – Translated as guarding the sea, it will help to safeguard the maritime domain. – Express your point of view.

Adeoye Adegoke
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3 months ago

That’s amazing news! The launch of “Nchekwa Oshimili” is a significant step towards safeguarding Nigeria’s maritime domain. The name itself, which translates to “guarding the sea,” reflects the importance of protecting our waters and ensuring the safety and security of our maritime activities.
Nigeria’s maritime domain is crucial for various sectors, including trade, transportation, and resource exploration. By implementing initiatives like “Nchekwa Oshimili,” we can enhance our capabilities to combat maritime threats such as piracy, illegal fishing, and smuggling.
Safeguarding our maritime domain not only protects our national interests but also contributes to regional security and stability. It demonstrates our commitment to upholding international maritime laws and promoting safe and sustainable maritime activities.
I commend the Minister for launching “Nchekwa Oshimili” and taking proactive measures to strengthen our maritime security. It’s a positive development that will contribute to the overall growth and prosperity of Nigeria. Let’s hope that this initiative brings about positive outcomes and ensures a safer and more secure maritime environment for all.

Kazeem1
Member
3 months ago

Nigeria’s maritime domain will be significantly protected by this endeavor. Ensuring the safety of our waterways, fighting maritime dangers, and promoting secure economic activity in the maritime sector may all be achieved with adequate protection and surveillance.

Taiwo
Member
3 months ago

Introducing “Nchekwa Oshimili,” a minister Meaning “guarding the sea,” it will assist in preserving the maritime area. Nigeria’s maritime sector is crucial. The unveiling of “Nchekwa Oshimili,” which highlights the need to conserve our waterways and ensure the protection and safety of our shipping operations, is a significant step toward protecting Nigeria’s maritime domain.

SarahDiv
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3 months ago

The launch of “Nchekwa Oshimili” demonstrates Nigeria’s commitment to safeguarding its maritime domain, leading to a decrease in water-based crimes and increased economic prosperity. The annual exercise evaluates the operational prowess of the naval fleet, reinforcing ongoing efforts to strengthen water security. With the support of President and Minister of State for Defence, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, the Nigerian Navy aims to enhance collaboration, exchange information, and combat maritime offenses in the Gulf of Guinea. The positive outcomes include a decline in crime rates, a surge in oil production, and increased legitimacy in shipping activities. The forthcoming operation will engage 4,000 naval staff, reflecting a comprehensive approach to maritime security.