To boost security in the Gulf of Guinea, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has authorized the deployment of multi-million dollar satellite surveillance equipment.
On July 10, President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned this equipment in Lagos.
Dr Bashir Jamoh, Director General of NIMASA, stated at the weekend’s graduation ceremony of Pilots and other air assets trainees at the Nigerian Air Force Hangar 301, Heavy lift Group, Ikeja, Lagos, that assets under the Deep Blue Project would also be maintained quickly to serve their purpose.
“This Project as you are aware is the first of this kind and we are doing so many things for the first time as a civilian Agency of government working with the Armed Forces. Our commitment is unflinching,” he said.
About 43 NAF officers and men received certificates for specialized training as special mission aircraft pilots and co-pilots, special mission-specific equipment operators, special mission aircraft maintenance technicians, unmanned aerial system operators, and C4i operators for effective platform manning.
According to Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, Chief of Air Staff, the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also known as the Deep Blue Project, “the Nigerian Air Force has strategically repositioned itself to effectively support NIMASA in providing an investment-friendly environment through adequate security”.
The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, praised the collaboration between NIMASA and the Nigerian Armed Forces in securing the country’s territorial seas.