November 1, 2016

Vandalism: MASECA to mobilize 20,000 officers for surveillance, others

By Michael EBOH

As part of efforts aimed at curbing militancy and boosting Nigeria’s crude oil output, Acting Director-General of the proposed Maritime Security Agency, MASECA, Mr. Ovweghre Jacob has promised to mobilize over 20,000 of its officers across the length and breadth of the Niger Delta to assist in intelligence gathering and surveillance in the region.

In a statement in Abuja, Jacob said the agency and its officers would be partnering with the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA and other security agencies in this regard.

He lamented that the Gulf of Guinea and its coastal land within the Nigeria maritime domain, which hitherto, served as a boost for international trades and custodian of natural resources like crude oil, gas and marine lives among others, have lost its efficiency in the face of constant threats from oil theft, pipeline bombing, youth restiveness and piracy in recent time.

“While it is true to gallantly combat these menace hampering maritime, oil and gas activities, a strategic and holistic approach is necessary. This will build a social corporate nexus that will involve all stakeholders in the fight against crimes and threats to oil and gas production and maritime,” he noted.

He commended the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibot Abassa, on the launch of ‘Operation Areteku’ in Port Harcourt, stating that it is a commendable approach that will position the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to tackle the unbridled incessant attacks on crude oil facilities, ships and crews in the maritime domain.

Jacob lauded President Muhammadu Buhari, the international community and all other individuals who played a role in the fruitful negotiation which led to the released of 21 girls of the Government Secondary School, Chibok.