The Federal Government of Nigeria will collaborate with the Republic of Korea on the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project.
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, made this known when the First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, Choi Jong-Kun, visited him on Thursday in Abuja.
“We met in my office and discussed quite a lot that has to do with maritime relationships, especially the Deep Blue Project.
”We concluded to collaborate and he promised some support and assistance from the government of the Republic of Korea,” Amaechi said.
Speaking earlier, the First Vice Minister expressed his country’s interest in collaborating with Nigeria on the project.
“We commend the minister and the ministry’s initiative and the relentless implementation of the project. This is because it increases the maritime security of Nigeria, especially in the groundwater and also contributes to the regional security and stability of the international community.
”We are interested in finding ways to secure the Gulf of Guinea, as Korea has a strong fishery and maritime presence there,” Jong-Kun said.
He said the Korean government plans to host a joint commission with Nigeria in October in Seoul, Korea.
“We want the Minister of Transportation to be part of the joint commission in Seoul so that we talk about maritime security on the Gulf of Guinea,” he said.