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Navy Seeks Collaboration On Waterways Security

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The Flag Officer Commanding Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Babalola Ogunjimi, has called for the collaboration of stakeholders in the maritime environment to fight criminality in Nigeria’s waterways.

Ogunjimi, who made the call at a meeting with stakeholders in Calabar, said that various security agencies operating in the maritime environment had not been properly coordinated.

“If we are able to properly coordinate all the security agencies operating in the maritime environment, the security problems in our waterways will be a thing of the past.”

He said there was urgent need for serious collaborative effort by stakeholders to stem the rising wave of criminality along the waterways, adding that Nigerian Navy could not do it alone.

“Considering that it is near impossible for a single organisation to tackle issues bordering on security, the Nigerian Navy would welcome your contributions towards forming a common front against and synergy to combat the emergise criminal activities

“This is with the view of making it safe and secure for economic activities to flourish.”

The commander said Nigeria’s waterways, oil fields and platform had been saturated with criminals, adding that it had serious economic implications for the country.

“It is obvious that our waterways, oil fields and platforms have been virtually overwhelmed by criminal activities perpetrated by enemies of Nigeria.

“The negative economic, social and political implications of these nefarious acts have taken great tolls on our national development.”

Ogunjimi said that no meaningful gains could be made by maritime operators without a secure and conducive environment.

He said that more than 50 per cent of Nigeria’s oil income came from the command’s operational area, adding efforts must be made to rescue the situation.

“Criminals are neither ghosts nor spirits, they are our children and relations and that is why we must find solution to this problem.”

Ogunjimi said that one of the challenges facing the Navy was funding, adding that with proper funds, the Force would be well equipped to tackle the situation.

Contributing, Mr Tunde Ayeni from Ocean Marine Services, urged the Federal Government to properly fund the Navy, to enable it to secure the territorial waters of the country.

“The Nigerian Navy needs proper funding in order to enable it deal with the challenges of criminality in the country’s territorial waters.”

Mr Patrick Odiong from Baseforce Nigeria Limited, called for the establishment of Coastal Guard in Nigeria’s waterways.

“This is to complement the works of the Navy.”

Many stakeholders in the maritime industry attended the forum.

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Piracy: MWUN Tasks NIMASA On Security Of Inland Waters

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The Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to extend the activity wing of the Deep Blue Project to the inland waterways to curb piracy and other forms of criminal activities.
The Deep Blue Project consists of Nigeria’s maritime security assets commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
Despite the launch of the USD195 million maritime security assets, criminal acts have persisted in the Gulf of Guinea (GOG) and the nations inland waterways, witnessing the abduction of eight persons including five maritime workers, along the Kula-Abonnema River.
Speaking on the abduction, Deputy General Secretary of MWUN, Comrade Oniha Erazua, urged NIMASA to extend the coverage of the Deep Blue Project to the inland waters considering the incessant abduction of travellers along the waterways.
“It’s appalling that five of our workers were abducted suddenly. It took the intervention of some stakeholders to get them rescued eventually. Our coastal waters are essential to the economy of the country and should be secured.
“Should we now leave our inland waters insecure to the detriment of our workers? It shouldn’t be. We are begging NIMASA to extend the activity wing of the Deep Blue Project to the inland waters that are prone to kidnapping and all other maritime related crimes”, he said.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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MWUN Members Relive Experiences In Kidnappers’ Den …Say They Were Fed With Garri, Flogged With Knives

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The five members of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Rivers State Branch, that regained freedom from kidnappers’ den last week say they were fed with only garri and flogged with knives and sticks while in captivity. 
The MWUN members said they were fed for three out of the six days in captivity in the hands of the suspected pirates.
Narrating their ordeal to The Tide shortly after their release in Port Harcourt, the victims comprising four men and one woman said they were set free and dumped at a mangrove forest near Abonnema between 8pm and 9pm.
“The experience at the mangrove was not easy, we were beaten with knives and sticks by the pirates.
“We were fed with garri for only three days through out our six days of captivity, once in a day”, one of the victims who did not want his name mentioned said. 
 The victims, however, declined to give reasons why they were abducted by suspected gunmen on their way to Port Harcourt on a commercial boat.
It would be recalled that the five members of MWUN were kidnapped two weeks ago by suspected pirates onboard a commercial boat from Kula, near Abonnema to Port Harcourt to attend a meeting. 
The MWUN gave their names as Comrade Wisdom Iderima, Chairman, MWUN, Kula Unit; West Opubo, Secretary, MWUN, Kula, Unit; Ajenina Daniel, Vice Chairman, and Madam Clementeba Clementeba Exco officio of MWUN, Kula Unit. 
One of the abductees, Madam Clementeba said she had been kidnapped three times by pirates.
She said she had 12 boats that used to ply Kula /Abonnema routes, but had all been stolen by criminals.
She said sea robbers had carted away 10 of her speed boats for no reasons.
Clementeba called on the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the state government to assist her recover her missing boats and curb sea piracy on the waterways.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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NIWA Threatens To Arrest Fishermen Defecating In Lagos Lagoon

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The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has threatened to arrest and prosecute any fisherman that defecates into Lagos lagoon.
This was contained in a statement by Kelvin Eba, an official of the agency working at the Liverpool area of Apapa, Lagos while warning the fishermen.
Eba said the agency would no longer tolerate the practice, but insisted that it would arrest and prosecute any culprit.
He said NIWA had set up patrol teams to arrest offenders, most of whom he described as “illiterates and drug addicts”.
He said, “Defecating into the river, lagoon and such places is classified as open defecation, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), can lead to the outbreak of diseases including diarrhea and others associated with ingesting and exposure to human waste”.
The Tide reports that in October 2019, Nigeria became the number one open defecation nations in the world, overtaking India. 
An estimate of 10 to 50 million Nigerians are said to be defecating in the open space.

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