The Deep Blue Project fleet of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) will be used to deploy two special mission aircraft to combat oil theft and safeguard the economy.
Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director General of NIMASA, highlighted oil theft, pipeline damage, and illegal refining as illegal activities that could endanger the nation’s economic and environmental well-being while speaking at the 16th edition of the Maritime Seminar for Judges in Lagos.
According to him, the aircraft from the Deep Blue project’s mobile assets will augment the existing platforms being used by other security services, with whom NIMASA now has a Memorandum of Understanding.
Jamoh clarified that the aircraft would help in patrolling oil facilities, installations, and other assets to watch out for suspicious vessels and human activity near the facilities.
The NIMASA DG reaffirmed the organization’s dedication to a secure and crime-free maritime domain while also reminding seminar attendees of President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to restore stakeholder and investor confidence in the maritime sector.
He claims that the President’s approval of the purchase of the assets, his arrival to commission them in Lagos, and their deployment for security responsibilities have made a significant contribution to the effort to combat maritime crimes.
We will use our two special purpose aircraft for aerial surveillance to stop and combat oil theft in the nation, he declared. With this, we hope to use the aircraft to monitor sensitive areas and record suspicious vessels and human activity so that our security authorities can analyze the information and take prompt action.
No area of the oil industry should be left for criminals to inhabit or operate in since it is essential to the health of our national economy. Our efforts to improve marine security have seen some success, but more work must be done to maintain and build on these successes.
“Among other things, our collaborations with security agencies with which we have MoUs ensure that we stay one step ahead of criminal elements. I’m pleased to say that our collaborations have benefited the nation in several ways,” Jamoh remarked.