Spain acknowledges Nigeria’s role in Gulf of Guinea security

• NIMASA to deploy seven security boats soon, says Mobereola
The Spanish Ambassador to Nigeria, Juan Ignacio Sell, has emphasised Nigeria’s pivotal position in ensuring the security of the Gulf of Guinea.

He mentioned the stationing of a Spanish naval ship in the region as part of efforts to enhance security.

Sell also discussed plans to expand cooperation with Nigeria, specifically through the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), to bolster maritime security.

During his visit to inspect two new bulletproof security boats built for NIMASA by the Spanish company Aresa, Sell expressed the significance of the partnership.

“This marks a significant step in the collaboration between Spain and Nigeria for maritime security. Our President has directed the embassy to explore additional partnerships with Nigeria in the maritime sector,” he said.

Sell applauded the creation of the Marine and Blue Economy Ministry by President Bola Tinubu, seeing it as a dedication to maximizing oceanic resources. He assured Spain’s support for Nigeria’s efforts in this domain.

Responding, the NIMASA’s Director-General, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, shared the agency’s readiness to deploy the patrol boats swiftly.

He highlighted the crucial role of international cooperation in maritime security, saying, “Maritime security cannot be achieved in isolation. We appreciate Spain’s gesture and will seek further collaboration, particularly in human and infrastructural development, for the swift deployment of these vessels.”

Mobereola explained that the boats would significantly enhance security in Nigerian waters and contribute to the Federal Government’s revenue through more port calls.

He anticipated that fishing in Nigerian coastal waters would soon become a major industry.

Detailing the boats’ specifications, Mobereola shared that these eight-passenger, 13.2 meters long security boats have a 3,000 liters fuel capacity and are fully air-conditioned.

He said the vessels can reach 500 nautical miles and came equipped with two 2,300 horsepower outboard engines, allowing for a maximum speed of 45 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots.

He noted that NIMASA plans to soon deploy seven fast intervention bulletproof Aresa boats.

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