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Navy to address maritime challenges in Asaba

28 November 2015, 07:12Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Nigerian Navy will next week hold a two-day retreat to explore strategies to mitigate the challenges in the sector.

The session is scheduled to begin on Monday in Asaba, Delta State.

The theme of this year’s retreat is, “Nigerian Navy and Emerging Maritime Security Challenges.”

“The challenges in the Nigerian maritime environment and the Gulf of Guinea have gone from traditional smuggling and other illegal activities to organized local and international crude oil theft coupled with pressure from climate change, marine pollution amongst others,” Chief of Policy and Plans of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Johnson Olutoyin, explained the theme.

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It will also address emerging maritime security challenges and imperatives for the Nigerian Navy to focus on discipline of personnel as well as the need for an improved inter-agency cooperation for maritime security, he said.

There will also be discussion sessions aimed at gathering ideas, then plenary session that will lead to adoption of a communiqué.

“It is apposite to envisage that at the end of the retreat, workable strategies will be developed for repositioning Nigerian Navy to adequately respond to the contemporary as well as emerging maritime security challenges bedeviling the nation, and in so doing, contribute substantially to the nation’s well-being,” Olutoyin said.

- CAJ News


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