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Dr. Jamoh made the remarks in Lagos during the graduation ceremony of officers trained to crew the Special Mission Vessels, the main maritime component of the project, also called the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure.

Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Kitack Lim said the country had made important contributions to the fight against piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea maritime domain, foremost among them the recent launch of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also called the Deep Blue Project.

Referring to the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act, which he signed into law in June 2019, the President said, “I am confident that the project, which provides a robust maritime security architecture, will enhance maritime domain awareness capability and improve law enforcement action.”

Preparatory to the launch, the Maritime Security Unit (MSU) of the Deep Blue Project, comprising personnel from the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Police and Department of State Services, will conduct simulation exercises for the event on the land, air and sea assets of the project to confirm their readiness for full deployment.

Both agencies of the Federal Government noted that full automation of processes at the nation’s ports would go a long way to curb human interface, delays and corruption at the ports. NIMASA and the Nigerian Shippers Council thus agreed to harmonise the implementation of Port and Flag State Administration to minimise human direct contact onboard vessels, calling at the nation’s ports in line with provisions in the Nigerian Port Process Manual (NPPM).

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman, disclosed this on Tuesday in Lagos after a meeting with the Executive Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, led by the Director General Dr. Bashir Jamoh, at the Agency’s Headquarters in Lagos.