In the wake of increased threats to Nigeria’s waters, the need to create networks in security collaboration has been emphasized.
Rear Admiral Francis Akpan made this call at a workshop on The role of Maritime sector in achieving the sustainable development goals organized by the Abuja transport and aviation correspondents association supported by the Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron.
The Retired Navy officer who specialises in strategic naval tactics for peace and war time as well as maintaining surveillance over national waters said ” information must be shared at all levels, without encumbrance”.
He harped on the need to reduce response time to today’s maritime threats which he described as ” dynamic, unpredictable and fluid”. Akpan said improvement in ability to track, detect, collate, fuse analyse and disseminated information is the key to enhancing security and improving the economy through revenue from the maritime sector.
He lamented the huge losses occasioned by vandalization of oil and gas and products pipeline as well as degradation of the environment and unregulated fishing.according to him ,”about 10.9 million dollars are lost to crude oil theft and pipe line vandalization in four years”.Akpan however commended the Nigerian Navy for the ” appreciable progress in securing Nigeria’s territorial waters through Maritime domain awareness.
The Chairman Abuja transport and aviation correspondents in her speech thanked the Rector Maritime Academy of Nigeria Oron , Commodore Duja Effedua , for facilitating the worship and restated the association’s commitment towards moving the transport industry forward and correcting challenges faced in the sector through the power of the pen.
Participants at the workshop expressed their joy at the insight gained into the workings of Maritime security in Nigeria and the efforts made so far in handling threats.