ACFCTA : Security Key to Success of the Agreement - Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement can only succeed if adequate security measures are put in place.
The President stated this today at the opening ceremony of the Global Maritime Security Conference in Abuja.
Represented by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Zubairu Dada, President Buhari said there was a need for joint efforts to address the various security challenges in the maritime sector which include armed robbery, piracy, illegal oil bunkering amongst others.
He said the federal government was working on a strategic master plan to provide adequate protection along the country's coastal cities and the Gulf of Guinea.
“We’re working on a maritime transport plan and strategy which when completed will provide a robust enabling framework for achieving Nigeria’s maritime objectives.”
More importantly, the maritime transport plan and strategy will foster public-private sector collaboration, inter-regional cooperation and maritime purity across the continent.”
Also speaking at the event, Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas said the navy had observed an increase in security challenges in the country’s maritime sector.
He blamed the situation on various socio-economic factors in coastal communities.
“Recent security development within Nigeria’s maritime environment steam largely from non-military causes such as socio-economic agitations, rising population, unemployment in coastal communities and the illicit activities of local and foreign collaborators.”
Additional report by Solomon Ndahi.