Nigeria spent $195m in 2021 to tackle piracy in Gulf of Guinea — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said, yesterday, that Nigeria will continue to deploy significant resources towards tackling piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

He noted that in June 2021, the government unveiled $195 million worth of boats, vehicles and aircraft to spear-head the country’s fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea through the Deep Blue Project.

He also said regular meetings among the countries that make up the Gulf of Guinea Commission was a critical step towards achieving peace and security in the region.

Speaking for the last time as Nigeria’s president at the 3rd Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, in Accra, Ghana, Buhari said the theme of the session, “Building a Safe, Secure and Prosperous Gulf of Guinea Region for Sustainable Development,” was quite apt and significant towards addressing the challenges in the region.

He said: “We must remain committed to our regular GGC summits and the extraordinary sessions and use these deep-seated fundamental platforms to essentially continue to work out key modalities that could afford us the opportunity to discuss, identify, support strategies and develop capacities to achieve peace, security and prosperity in the Gulf of Guinea.”

Reiterating Nigeria’s commitment and steps towards fighting maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, the President encouraged member countries to enact laws against piracy and other criminal acts as Nigeria had done.

He expounded on steps so far taken by the country to further show its steadfastness to the revitalization and strengthening of the GGC in order to achieve set objectives.

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