US moves to curb oil theft, piracy in Gulf of Guinea

As part of its determination to help Nigeria curb the incidence of pirate attacks and sea robbery on Nigerian bound ships, the government of United States of America, is concluding arrangements to actively assist Nigeria and her West African neighbours in line with its bi-national commission agreement with Nigerian government.

Consequent upon this, the US government has also perfected plans to hand over another warship to Nigerian Navy so as to complement the joint efforts of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Nigerian Navy in the fight against illegalities in the nation’s territorial waterways.

Presenting a welcome address to the visiting Senate and House Committee members on Marine Transport in the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington DC at the weekend, Ade Adefuye, who disclosed that Nigeria is receiving a lot of corporation from America to boost regional and internal security challenges that are confronting the nation’s economy, said that Nigeria would before the end of May, take delivery of another warship from America to complement the NNS thunder that was given to Nigerian Navy in the past.

To him, the donation of the warship is in line with the implementation of the regional security agreement, which is the fourth aspect of the bi-national commission agreement that Nigeria signed with the Obama regime.

Responding to this, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, chairman, House Committee on Marine Transport, who was the leader of National Assembly delegation to US on capacity building on the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, commended the efforts of the Nigerian ambassador to US in helping Nigeria to get a second flagship, which according to him, would be used in combating the security threats in the nation’s coastline.

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