L-R: The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dayo Mobereola and Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan during the deep blue security capability demonstration exercise in Lagos…recently

The Acting Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, Hon. Uduak Odudoh has called for an alternate sources of funding for the Federal Government Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure also known as the deep blue project.

Giving an insight for his position, he noted that to sustain the project, it is time to seek additional sources of funding.

The project which is domiciled under the Federal Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy and currently funded by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

This is coming on the heels of the Director General of NIMASA Dr. Dayo Mobereola reiterating the agency is committed to the sustainability of the project. 

Odudoh stated this shortly after witnessing the Maritime Security Unit (MSU) Operational Maritime Capability Demonstration in Lagos alongside the NIMASA Director General and the Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command in Lagos recently.

The legislator acknowledged that the deep blue project has played a significant role in maintaining peace in Nigerian waters in recent years just as he added that the achievements of the NIMASA-Nigerian Navy partnership have elevated the country to a high international standing in maritime security.

His words, “At the IMO Conference last year, Nigeria was greatly commended for the fact that there has not been any pirate attack on our waters in two years. That feat was achieved through the efforts of the deep blue project. When I looked at the budget, I saw provisions for deep blue project management and sustainability. I want to commend NIMASA for this. However, it is pitiful that only NIMASA is funding this project. If a project like this is taken seriously, the issue of oil theft in the Niger Delta would be reduced to zero.”

“We have no option than to look at the budget. If they require more funds, we would approve it for the benefit of suppression of security challenges in Nigeria. If maritime security is guaranteed, the revenue of NIMASA would increase, and by extension, that of NPA and others, this means more money for Nigeria”.

Mobereola on his part, restated the agency’s commitment to the sustainability of the project while addressing the men and officers of the Maritime Security Unit. 

“This project has earned Nigeria International recognition by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and we have been taken off from the piracy list. The aim is to continue to sustain it and we will continue to encourage the personnel of the deep blue project. Keep it up and we on our own side would continue to support you as much as humanly possible. Please don’t reduce your efforts as we count on you to make the maritime space more secure, the President of Nigeria is counting on you. The Honourable Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola is also in support of this project” he said.

Odudoh unveiled the aircrew accommodation renovated under the auspices of the deep blue project while Mobereola commissioned the interceptors’ marine workshop.

The Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, and Executive Directors of NIMASA among others, witnessed the demonstrations, which included various tactics such as boat formations, vessel boarding and overtaking with interceptor boats, rappelling and fast rope descents from helicopters, as well as hoist rescues.


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