The Federal Republic of Nigeria has signed an Exchange of Note (E/N) with the Japanese government for an Economic and Social Development Programme involving the acquisition of $2.78 million High-Speed Boat to reinforce services for coastal security in Nigeria, with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, as the implementing partner.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba signed on behalf of Nigeria, while the Ambassador of Japan to Nigeria, His Excellency Kazuyoshi Matsunaga signed on behalf of Japan, with the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh also in attendance.
Prince Agba noted that the procurement of the High Speed Boat will greatly enhance the operations of the Deep Blue project, as he commended the Japanese government for their interest and interventions in Nigeria for ecnomic development.
“This project to strengthen the operations of NIMASA will definitely improve the partnership between the government of Japan and Federal Republic of Nigeria. Nigeria also appreciates the recent exchange of notes we signed for Emergency Improvement of Electricity Supply Facilities in Abuja, and the role Japan played in the development of the National Power Development Master-plan designed to guide the Government on the optimal energy mix and efficiency for Nigeria,” the Minister said.
On his part, the Director General of NIMASA, Dr Bashir Jamoh assured the Japanese government that the agency, working with relevant stakeholders, will ensure the sustainability of the recent success in the war against piracy on Nigerian waters and in the entire Gulf of Guinea (GoG).
“This High-Speed Boat is a welcome addition to our growing arsenal of platforms and assets to reinforce service for coastal security, not only in Nigeria but also in the Gulf of Guinea, as over 60% of shipping activities in the region pass through Nigerian waters.”
“This vessel will be incorporated into the Deep Blue project which already has 2 special Mission Vessels; 2 Special Mission Aircrafts; 3 Special Mission Helicopters; 10 Unmanned Air Systems and vehicles; 17 fast moving interceptor boats; 16 armoured vehicles and the C4i centre,” the NIMASA boss said.
Ambassador Matsunaga Kazuyoshi posited that the project is to support the measures adopted by the Nigerian government to deal with the threat of the blue economy, prevent and suppress piracy, armed robbery, and any other unlawful act against ships on Nigerian waters.
The Ambassador stressed that in the Gulf of Guinea, the problem of piracy is hindering the economic development of the coastal areas.
“A slowdown in economic development impoverish the coastal population, forcing some of them into piracy for their livelihood. We need to break this vicious cycle. We hope that this project will enable NIMASA reinforce their operations and services for coastal security in Nigeria, strengthen Nigeria’s counter piracy efforts and prove useful for the security of the Gulf of Guinea,” he said.
This information was disseminated via a press statement issued by Mr. Osagie Edward, Assistant Director, Public Relations at NIMASA.