Senator Chris Anyanwu has advocated improved funding for the Nigerian Navy and other relevant agencies to effectively checkmate activities of pirates in the nation’s maritime domain.
Anyanwu who spoke yesterday in Abuja at a roundtable on piracy and security challenges organized by National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies lamented the rising incidence of sea piracy in Nigeria’s territorial waters.
According to the Senator who also chaired the occasion maintained that there need to be a radical policy change on the funding of Nigerian navy to achieve durable biting naval force that would engender medium and long term sustainable development and national prosperity for Nigeria.
For his part, Captain Sk Elechi-Amadi, Assistant Director Legal Services Nigerian Navy in a paper entitled The Nigerian Navy And Global Challenges In Maritime Security called for consideration in building a viable force to exploitg the current cooperative maritime security arrangements of major global and regional powers showing interests in capacity building of the Gulf of Guinea Navies.
He appealed to the federal government to assist in the reinvigoration of Nigerian Navy operations by procuring the right mix of ships to sustain its concept of Maritime Defence –In-Depth and sued for collaboration with relevant MDAs to promulgate Nigerian Maritime Security Policy similar to the Nigerian Aviation Policy.
For his part, the Director General, National Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, Prof. E. Azinge observed that the forum was timely as our international trade largely depends on activities of the marine environment that include our seaports, oil terminals and container depots adding that 96% of Nigeria’s business activities as a country is marine based and there is plethora of agencies operating the marine sector.
He stressed that the forum will proffer workable strategies that will bring about the desired stability in the marine industry.