The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola has disclosed plans by his ministry to seek the support and buy-in of the National Assembly towards the establishment of coast guard as part of efforts to enhance security along the country’s coastlines.
Speaking when a delegation from the House of Representatives Committee on Marine Safety, Education and Administration led by its Chairman, Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja, Oyetola said the establishment of a coast guard became necessary given its place in Nigeria’s maritime domain.
“Very soon, we will be coming to you to seek your support on coastal guards (sic), which has become of paramount importance. There’s a need for executive bill to be considered and passed on this subject,” the minister said.
He pointed out that the establishment of coast guards in the country would enforce maritime laws, generate revenue, create jobs, promote economic wellbeing, maritime security, aggregate peace, and will serve the purpose of international prestige.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, House Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration said the committee decided to visit the minister to identify with him, with an overall objective of establishing harmonious working relationship between the lawmakers and the ministry.
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