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June 21, 2024

Why FG created National Hydrographic Agency – Ogalla

Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla

Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ikechukwu Ogalla

By Kingsley Omonobi

Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla has disclosed that  ensuring safety within the nation’s maritime domain, creating job opportunities as well as facilitating exploitation of the vast strategic reserve of mineral resources towards ensuring the utilization of the enormous Blue Economy potentials for poverty eradication led to the establishment of the National Hydrogaphic Agency byvyhe federal government.

Explaining that the Agency is poised to providing accurate and timely hydrographic data essential for conduct of safe and efficient maritime activities, Vice Admiral Ogalla said the take off of the agency is in line with the President Bola Tinubu’s renewed Hope Agenda and economic prosperity of our dear Country. 

The CNS who spoke on the occasion of the World Hydrogrsphy Day in Abuja said the 2024 World Hydrography Day celebration is coming at a time efforts are on harnessing Blue Economy potentials for prosperity in Africa.  

He said, “Activities of the Nigerian Navy in collaboration with the National Hydrographic Agency are geared towards actualising this feat, particularly through systematic mapping of Nigerian waters to bolster safety of navigation for economic prosperity.  

 “It is against this backdrop, that the theme for this year’s World Hydrography Day: “Hydrography Information – Enhancing Safety, Efficiency and Sustainability in Maritime Activities”, was conceptualized.

“This Celebration will provide a viable platform to deepen collaborations with strategic partners both local and international to support hydrography in Nigeria for sustainable maritime activities towards enhanced socio-economic development. 

“As part of efforts to support hydrography in Nigeria, the National Hydrographic Agency was created by an Act of the National Assembly and a senior naval officer appointed as the Hydrographer of the Federation/Chief Executive Officer of the National Hydrographic Agency.  

“The Agency is poised to providing accurate and timely hydrographic data essential for conduct of safe and efficient maritime activities.

“Furthermore, the Nigerian Navy acquired 2 Hydrographic Survey ships, NNS LANA as well as NNS OCHUZO, which was recently commissioned in May this year during the Nigerian Navy 68th Anniversary Celebration.

“These hydrographic vessels are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, enabling comprehensive and precise surveys that culminates into production of updated navigational chats for maritime stakeholders.

“Undoubtedly, this would ensure safety within the nation’s maritime domain, create job opportunities as well as facilitate exploitation of the vast strategic reserve of mineral resources towards ensuring the utilization of the enormous Blue Economy potentials for poverty eradication in line with the President’s renewed Hope Agenda and economic prosperity of our dear Country. 

Noting that these achievements could not have been possible without the unwavering support of the President, Ogslla said, “As we celebrate our achievements in commemoration of 2024 World Hydrography Day, I wish to also reaffirm that the Nigerian Navy will sustain its collaboration with the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, the National Hydrography Agency as well as other stakeholders towards ensuring maritime security for the actualization of Nigeria’s Blue Economy.”

Defence Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Badaru who was the special guest of honour, unveiled the new Approaches to Lagos Chart, Revised National Charting Scheme and Catalogue of Nigerian Charts produced by the National Hydrographic Agency.