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Minister flags off Africa sea power symposium

By Odita Sunday, Abuja
01 December 2021   |   2:54 am
Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, has flagged off the Sea Power for Africa Symposium, hosted virtually at Naval Headquarters Abuja, Nigeria.

[FILES] Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd)

Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, has flagged off the Sea Power for Africa Symposium, hosted virtually at Naval Headquarters Abuja, Nigeria.

Magashi, who was represented by Director Navy Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Mr. Fashina Kayode Julius, stated that planning and organisation of the symposium were a welcome development, especially with recent efforts towards combating maritime criminalities around Nigeria’s maritime domain.

The event, themed, ‘Integrating Africa’s Maritime Domain Awareness Infrastructure towards Effective Ocean Governance’, holds virtually from November 30 to December 2, 2021.

While delivering the opening remarks, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo, said increasing potentials of the Blue Economy has expanded the duties, roles and responsibilities of navies and maritime law enforcement agencies operating in African waters.

Gambo said the forum is vital to forge collaborative frameworks towards protecting the over 18,950 miles of coastline on the African continent.

He added that exploration of natural resources is forging new frontiers, especially with huge natural gas reserve potentials on the continent reaching more than 800 trillion cubic feet.

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