The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says Nigeria accounts for 65 to 75% of the crime that takes place on the waters in the Gulf of Guinea.
Amaechi, while receiving the Belgium Ambassador to Nigeria, said President Muhammadu Buhari would launch the new maritime security architecture in June 2021.
He said: “The crisis in the maritime sector is the maritime insecurity and it is more complex than the world knows, but the Federal Government has come up with a solution and it’s ready to take off. The Navy, Police, Army and State Security Service are involved.
“If it’s successful, in the near future, there’ll be improvement in the maritime security, then other countries in the Gulf of the Guinea can adopt it.
“75% or 65% of crime comes from our water and if we’re able to eliminate it, then we’ll be making a lot of progress.
“If you’re in the air, you see what is happening in the water, you’re inside the water, you’ll be able to respond, the helicopter has the capacity to drop in the Naval men when they see anything suspicious”, he said.