Nigeria: Buhari pledges to strengthen security in Gulf of Guinea

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday has pledged that Nigeria would team up with other countries to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea region.

Receiving the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Florentina Adenike Ukonga, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday, the president said that most of the crude oil stolen from Nigeria is taken through the Gulf of Guinea.

“The Commission is of strategic importance. That region, between Senegal and Angola, affects our financial and physical security as a country. Nigeria will, therefore, meet all its obligations to the Gulf of Guinea Commission, and also encourage other member countries to do the same," said President Buhari.

"This administration will do its best to strengthen maritime security. The rejuvenation of the Gulf of Guinea Commission is vital, and Nigeria will participate more effectively because of the security implications.”

Ambassador Ukonga disclosed that the Commission was established in 2001 to tackle piracy, unregulated fishing, drugs and human trafficking, as well as environmental pollution, among others.

Based in the Angolan capital, Luanda, with eight member countries in West and Central Africa, the Gulf of Guinea Commission also generates awareness among the partner states on the need to maintain security in their territorial waters.

“We have been giving the bad guys in maritime a run for their money,” the Executive Secretary said.

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10 november 2016 19:51:14

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