By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA—President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to support the Nigerian Navy with more equipment to effectively secure the nation’s maritime environment.
Jonathan spoke yesterday at Lokoja, the Kogi State capital during the on-going 2014 Chief of Naval Staff Annual Conference, CONSAC.
He said the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, was working with the Federal Government towards securing the Exclusive Economic zone in their region.
Jonathan, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Alhaji Aliyu Ismaila Numan revealed that the nation’s maritime interests were threatened by various forms of insecurity, especially piracy, illegal bunkering and crude oil theft, illegal fishing and proliferation of small arms.
According to him, “Efforts will be made at equipping the Nigerian Navy to enable it meet with global best practices, global strategic contest, technological advancement in line with current global security challenges, so as to assist in our administration’s transformation agenda.
“Apart from our porous borders, the Nigeria maritime environment present another avenue for terrorists in the execution of their plans.”