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Nigerian Navy To Host First Gulf Of Guinea Conference

Channels Television  
Updated July 26, 2013

The Nigerian Navy  has said it is ready to host the first Gulf of Guinea Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) Conference in Calabar, the Cross River State capital from the 29th to 31st July.

Briefing journalists at the headquarters of the Eastern Naval Command, the Flag Officer Commanding, Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu disclosed that the theme of the conference, Regional Maritime Awareness Capability Systems: A key for Enhancing Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea.

According to him, the international event is born out of the necessity to have a complete maritime domain awareness of Nigeria’s maritime environment including the Gulf of Guinea and the need to protect it.

He said expanded economic activities in the Gulf of Guinea has given rise to renewed interest within the region since the region depends solely on the sea for transportation, food, trade, energy and capital, all of which are essential ingredients of National security.

The Nigeria’s Chief of Naval staff and his counterparts from Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Benin Republic, Senegal, Togo, Cameroun, Sao Tome and Principe as well as the Commanders, United States African Command and the US Naval Forces Africa are expected to present papers at the conference.