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Maritime crimes serious threat to Nigeria’s well-being – Chief of Naval Staff, Gambo

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The Chief of Naval Workers, Rear Admiral Auwal Zubairu Gambo, has described maritime crimes as a critical risk to the wellbeing of Nigeria as a nation.

Talking on the opening of the 2021 Chief of Naval Workers Annual Convention held at Authorities Home in Kano State on Thursday, Gambo expressed fear that prison actions in Nigeria’s maritime surroundings are instantly focused on the financial lifeline of the nation.

Based on him, the scourge of maritime illegalities reminiscent of sea theft, piracy, crude oil theft, poaching, human and illicit trafficking of weapons and medicines, amongst others, represent critical challenges to the event of Nigeria and Africa at giant.

“Characteristically, the maritime threats have change into of main concern and are evolving and difficult the fight functionality of the Nigerian Navy and different stakeholders,” he mentioned.

The Chief of Naval Workers nevertheless famous that one of many main implications of the rising safety scenario is the rising demand for efficient collaboration in maritime policing.

He additionally famous that “the current scenario requires fixed reappraisals, better collaboration in addition to inter-agency cooperation inside stakeholders.

“In current instances, some federal and native initiatives have been initiated in the direction of making certain better productiveness of safety efforts. These initiatives testify the political dedication to safety and developmental imperatives in our maritime area.

“Within the current previous, an enormous functionality hole has emerged amongst stakeholders within the environment friendly discharge of their constitutional mandates. I due to this fact consider that this convention would offer a veritable platform to proffer workable options in fine-tuning Nigerian Navy efforts at securing our maritime surroundings,” Gambo added.

He thanked the Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who was the chief host of the convention, for his hospitality and making certain the actualization of the convention.

In his remarks, Ganduje famous that Nigerian maritime is endowed with quite a few residing and non-living assets which, if rigorously explored and managed, can contribute tremendously to the prosperity, peace and stability of the nation and its neighbors.

He nevertheless famous that “maritime crimes are a hindrance to the power of Nigeria to successfully discover and handle the assets and alternatives contained therein for its personal financial livelihood, prosperity, peace and stability in addition to for the advantages of neighboring nations and areas.”

Ganduje additionally famous that the rising maritime crimes on financial livelihood of the nation requires instant initiation of assorted collective responses and interventions at nationwide and stakeholders ranges to sort out the menace.

The governor charged the individuals to carry their wealth of expertise and experience within the maritime sector to bear within the deliberations on the convention.

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