Buhari pledges maritime security in Gulf of Guinea 

President Buhari receives the Executive Secretary of Gulf of Guinea Commission and her team in State House on 10th Nov 2016. President Buhari with L-R: Deputy Executive Secretary Gulf of Guinea Commission ,Dr Gilberto DA Piedade, Executive Secretary Gulf of Guinea Commission, H.E. Florentina A. Ukonga and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hajia Bukar Ibrahim at the State House on 10th Nov 2016.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday promised that Nigeria would team up with other countries to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Ambassador Florentina Adenike Ukonga, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari was quoted as saying that the Commission is of strategic importance, as most of the crude oil stolen from Nigeria was taken through the Gulf of Guinea.

“That region, between Senegal and Angola, affects our financial and physical security as a country. Nigeria will, therefore, meet all its obligations to the Gulf of Guinea Commission, and also encourage other member countries to do the same.

“This administration will do its best to strengthen maritime security. The rejuvenation of the Gulf of Guinea Commission is vital, and Nigeria will participate more effectively because of the security implications,” he said.

Ukonga  said the Commission was established in 2001, to tackle piracy,  unregulated fishing, drugs and human trafficking, environmental pollution, among others.

The Gulf of Guinea Commission, with headquarters in Luanda, Angola, also generates awareness among member states on the need to maintain security in their territorial waters.

“We have been giving the bad guys in maritime a run for their money,” the Executive Secretary said.

The Commission has eight countries as members from West and Central Africa, with an intention to admit more countries soon.

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