Defence Minister Reaffirms Tinubu’s Commitment To Ending Waterways Insecurity

The Minister of Defence, Mohamed Badaru Abubakar, in Thursday, said the continued training of Maritime Security Unit Forces of the Deep Blue Project was in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda to protect and safeguard the integrity of the nation’s waterways

The Minister disclosed this while giving his keynote address at the graduation ceremony of the Maritime Security Unit of the Deep Blue Project held in 5 Battalion Nigerian Army Elele, Rivers State.

Badaru, however, urged the maritime officers to be fully prepared to cope with the challenges of illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalisation ,piracy illegal fishing and water tress passing among others

The Minister said he was very optimistic that the graduands who have gone through the professional combat training will confidently deal with these challenges to bring  peace and economic prosperity of our great Nation.

While congratulating the graduated Maritime Security officers, the Defence Minister expressed his warm regards and gratitude to  Minister of Maritime and Blue Economy, NIMASA and the Facilitators for their  unwavering commitment.

The former governor of Jigawa state further argued that the waters surrounding our nation are vital arteries of commerce and national security and serves as gateways to economic prosperity that hold immense strategic importance.

“Your training has equipped you with the skill set and knowledge necessary to confront the complex challenges of maritime security. Therefore, you have been adequately prepared to address issues ranging from illegal bunkering,pipeline vandalism, piracy, smuggling to illegal fishing and environmental protection. Your role is indispensable in maintaining the integrity of our maritime boundaries and protecting our national interest.”

 

 

“Going by the demonstration at the range and the maneuver of the aircraft and armoured vehicles, I am highly convinced that these sets of graduands have gone through the requisite combat training and are prepared for the task ahead. As we reflect on the significance of this achievement, it is important to acknowledge the broader context in which you will operate.

 

 

“Maritime security is a collaborative effort, requiring coordination and cooperation with various national and international agencies. You will be amongst the frontline defenders, working alongside the Nigerian Navy, Maritime Police and other stakeholders to ensure a secured maritime domain,” the minister stated.

 

 

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