Nigeria: Firms to coordinate maritime security

Chief executives of the three organisations in the Gulf of Guinea have signed an agreement establishing a centre to coordinate their safety and security responses to challenges at sea.The gulf is an area with a 6,000 kilometre long coastline between Angola in the East and Senegal in the West that has recently witnessed an upsurge in piracy and other forms of transnational crime.

The Nigerian press reported a statement by the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja said that the Inter-regional Coordination Centre for the Implementation of Regional Strategy for Maritime Safety and Security in Central and West Africa (ICC) would develop a ‘unique strategy framework’ to deal with the issues of criminality at sea that integrates safety, security, development and governance dimensions.

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