THE Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has promised that assets under the Deep Blue Project will be properly maintained to serve the purpose of providing security for Nigerian waters and the entire Gulf of Guinea.
Jamoh spoke during the graduation ceremony of pilots and other air assets trainees under the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure in Lagos.
The DG said the graduation of the air assets crew was another significant phase of the Deep Blue Project, which he described as a grand intervention in the nation’s maritime security.
Jamoh commended the Nigerian Air Force for the commitment to the project with particular reference to providing facilities for in-country training of the pilots and others to complete the training module having successfully completed the technical component abroad.
He added that the challenge was not about deploying the assets but about its maintenance and sustaining the tempo of the project so that it could outlive the present generation and continue to be of benefit to future generations.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao, said that the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project had strategically repositioned the Nigerian Air Force to effectively support NIMASA to provide an investment-friendly environment through the provision of adequate security.
Amao, who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations of the Airforce, Air Vice Marshal JMD Gwani, commended the Management of NIMASA for the commitment to seeing through the successful implementation of the Deep Blue Project.
He said, “I must say that the graduation of these Nigerian Air Force personnel today who will be operating alongside personnel from sister security agencies resonates with the CAS’ vision to “enhance and sustain airpower capabilities required for joint force employment in pursuit of national imperatives.
“I am glad to note that all these have strategically repositioned the Nigerian Air Force to effectively support NIMASA to provide an investment-friendly maritime environment through the provision of adequate security.”
On his part, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Honorable Lucky Aiyedatiwa lauded the synergy between NIMASA and the Nigerian Armed Forces to secure the nation’s territorial waters.