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NN 66th Anniversary: Nigeria no longer on the list of piracy prone countries, says Nigerian Navy

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The Nigerian Navy has announced that Nigeria is no longer on the list of piracy prone countries.

The Chief of the Naval staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo made the disclosure at a press briefing heralding the 66th Nigerian Navy Anniversary celebration and activities, in Abuja.

Represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Rear Admiral Saidu Garba, the Chief of Naval Staff explained that the latest International Maritime Bureau(IMB) report of 3rd of March, 2022 indicated that Nigeria has exited the IMB’s Piracy List.

This according him, means that the benefits of the achievements are enormous and positive for the shipping industry, general maritime commerce, and the national economy as a.whole.

Vice Admiral Gambo asserted that “”there has been successive decline in reported cases of piracy and sea robbery attacks within Nigeria’s maritime domain leading to improved shipping into Nigeria’s waters with attendant positive impact on the nation’s economy.

“Consequent upon the Fleet Recapitalization efforts, the NN has achieved significant milestones in ensuring improved maritime security for the nation’s economic prosperity.

“I am pleased to inform you that there has been successive decline in reported cases of piracy and sea robbery attacks within Nigeria’s maritime domain leading to improved shipping into Nigeria’s waters with attendant positive impact on the nation’s economy.

“This noble achievement was complemented by the International Maritime Bureau Global Piracy Report of 14 July 2021, which indicated the lowest number of piracy and sea robbery against ships in our waters in 27 years.

“The report was corroborated by the Defence Web, which noted further decline in reported cases of piracy and armed attacks against shipping in Nigerian waters”.

Meanwhile, the CONS also reeled out activities lined up for the 2022 Nigerian Navy 66th anniversary celebration to include commissioning of projects in respective Commands of the NN on the 26th of May, as NNS KADA is expected to be received into the country on 27th of May 2022, there would also be Special Juma’ah Prayers and Inter-denominational Church Services to hold in all naval establishments on 27th and 29th of May respectively.

Others are: Golf and Polo Tournaments on 28 May and 1 June respectively, Naval Officers Wives Association (NOWA) Seminar and other philanthropic activities which will be held in Port Harcourt area from 28th of May.

Also an International Maritime Conference and Regional Maritime Exercise (IMCREMEX) is expected to hold on the 30th to 31st of May.

“The Conference is scheduled to hold at the Onne Port Multi-Purpose Centre, Rivers State with the theme, “Optimising Collaboration for Maritime Security and Socio-Economic Development in Africa”. The Exercise will be flagged off at the Federal Ocean Terminal, also in Onne, Rivers State. The IMCREMEX 2022 is poised to enhance regional cooperation and boost effort towards collective security of the maritime domain” Vice Admiral Gambo said.

The Special Guest of Honour expected at the Conference is President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR.

“Other very important personalities expected at the Conference include seasoned resource persons, heads of navies as well as captains of industry and strategic stakeholder.

“The last in the series of activities lined up for the 66th Week Anniversary is the Ceremonial Sunset and Reunion Dinner, at Nigerian Naval College, Onne, Rivers State” the Chief of Naval Staff said.

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