Maritime & Inland Waterways Security: FG mulls creation of coastal guards

The Minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, has disclosed that the Federal Government is considering the potential of deploying coast guards, to maintain security along the country’s coastline.

Oyetola disclosed this on Saturday, during the 32nd Iragbiji Day celebration, in Iragbiji, his home town, in Boripe local government area of Osun State.

According to him, “There are conscious efforts on the security of the marine environment. We have deployed security equipment to safeguard the waterways. We are already looking at the possibility of establishing coast guards, which will be designed essentially to ensure the safety of our coastline”.

“We have not less than 853 kilometres of coastline in Nigeria and about 10,000 perimeters of inland waterways. If we want to ensure coastal tourism, we must provide adequate security; and we are working with the navy, marine police and others to ensure the security of our waterways”, he stated.

Oyetola praised the town’s traditional ruler, Oba AbdulRasheed Olabomi, for using the Iragbiji Day celebration to draw progress to the community over the previous 32 years.

The Minister, however, disapproved of the State government’s transformation of the federally constructed, town-based, Sustainable Development Goal (SDF)-focused Skills-Acquisition Centre into a football camp.

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