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NIMASA trains 250 cadets to boost maritime security

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Director-General, NIMASA, Bashir Jamoh

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has said that it is training 250 new cadets to man its various security platforms in the Lagos-Bayelsa coastal corridor to boost maritime security and the deep blue project.

Director-General, NIMASA, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, said the move by the agency was to nip in the bud, piracy and other maritime crimes in the Nigerian waters and the Gulf of Guinea.

Jamoh, who spoke at a media parley at the agency’s eastern zonal office in Port Harcourt, represented by his Special Assistant on Communications and Strategy, Ubong Essien, said the recruitment exercise was part of the current drive to develop local capacity for improved operations.

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He said the 250 cadets would be sent for mandatory sea-time and competency training abroad as part of NIMASA’s commitment to developing manpower to man its many platforms that are coming on stream soon.

“We felt that we must develop our hands locally, which will have ripple effects on the nation’s economy,” he said.

He said that the new Deep Blue Project (DBP), which would be launched in the coming weeks, would rid the nation’s maritime environment of illegalities, adding that the DBP is the nation’s integrated surveillance and security architecture that will sanitise Nigeria’s maritime industry.

According to him, NIMASA is investing in air assets through the acquisition of three special mission helicopters; two special mission aircraft and four unmanned air vehicles.

He said the agency is also investing in two massive well-equipped special mission vessels that will patrol the high seas.

“The vessels have the capacity to deploy about 17 fast-moving interceptor boats – which are designed for interdiction purposes should there be any crises requiring a swift response.

“On human assets, we have well-trained Special Forces from the various security agencies, including, navy, army and police, among other security agencies,” he said.

The director-general said the agency had also integrated the services of the special police unit, C4I to run its intelligence-gathering centre.

According to him, the agency has invested in a computer command and control centre that will be used to effectively monitor activities on the waterways.

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