Navy Goodwill Message

GOODWILL MESSAGE BY THE CHIEF OF THE NAVAL STAFF, VICE ADMIRAL IE IBAS GSS AM psc (+) ndc MSc ON THE OCCASION OF THE GLOBAL MARITIME SECURITY CONFERENCE HOLDING AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE ABUJA NIGERIA FROM    7-9 OCTOBER, 2019

  1. On behalf of officers, ratings and civilian staff of the Nigerian Navy (NN), I facilitate with the Federal Ministry of Transportation and its agency, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on this auspicious occasion of hosting the Global Maritime Security Conference. I would also like to appreciate all our distinguished guests and astute maritime thinkers for their interest in this epoch gathering to discuss maritime security of the Gulf of Guinea (GoG). My special joy at this landmark maritime dialogue is underpinned by my position as the head of an organization that has its operating environment and mandate inextricably linked to the seas and oceans.
  2. It is also apposite to avail this channel to commend the initiative as it furthers the characteristic efforts of the organizers towards the promotion of wealth creation more specifically in the West Africa sub-region maritime domain. It is well-known fact that practically all the states in West Africa rely significantly on maritime environment for import and export of goods, exploitation of marine resources as well as revenue generation. Considering the vast resources in the GoG, it therefore becomes evident that the maritime environment offers the solution to the economic and developmental aspirations of these states. However, we are all aware of the various manifestations of challenges in the form of insecurity, capacity inadequacies and other socio-economic hindrances around our maritime environment.
  1. Of particular concern is the realization that many of the threats to effective exploitation and beneficial use of our maritime environment increasingly manifest as transnational and cross-border crimes and other illegalities. Piracy, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUUF) as well as crude oil theft and illegal bunkering are some of these undesirable acts that cut across national boundaries and inhibit safe and productive use of our maritime environment for development.
  2. As the foremost maritime security agency, the NN has continued to prosecute these breaches to facilitate order and peace in our waters. In pursuance of this, it has in addition to its routine operational activities engaged in a number of measures calculated towards drastically stemming the tide of maritime insecurity. These involve but not limited to generating adequate maritime leverage. Appropriately, the posture has been anchored on the provision of extensive upgrade of the fleet, improvement of operational infrastructure and logistics chain, and enhancement of human capital through intense efforts at general and specialist training as well as sound administration.
  3. While acknowledging the strides already recorded, a lot more is still to be done. Consequently, this convocation is timely and its theme an apt framework to guide insightful interrogation towards the achievement of a more consolidated safety of seafarers, vessels and cargoes. It is, therefore, my deep conviction that it shall be a most fruitful venture. On this note, I once again offer my commendation and wish you a great outing. I dare say, Welcome on board: Together We Win.