The Federal Government has contracted an Israeli firm to handle the security of the nation’s waterways and maritime facilities as well as train personnel, The Punch reports.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, disclosed this on Monday in a keynote address at the 2017 World Maritime Day in Lagos. The minister said the government had engaged the firm for three years to adequately train Nigerian personnel on the security of the sector, after which it would hand over the operation to Nigerians.
He stated that Nigeria would spend $195m on the exercise, expected to commence in December. Amaechi stressed the importance of security in the nation’s maritime sector against the backdrop of the activities of pirates and the huge amount of money firms operating in the oil and shipping sectors were currently spending on escort services.