Growing security challenge:Nigeria to Partner The Gulf Of Guinea Commission

Nigeria will as a matter of urgency consider the pleas of the Gulf of Guinea Commission on its desire to perform its statutory duties.This position was disclosed by the Vice Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo who received the Commission’s Executive Secretary on behalf of Goodluck Jonathan in his office.  The Vice noted Gulf of Guinea is a strategic location of not only to Nigerian but the member countries and international community to look into the request of the Secretariat and advise Jonathan appropriately so that a decision shall be reached as to allow the Secretariat function optimally.

A press by Umar Sani Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to the Vice  said that much earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Commission Miguel Trovoada who spoke through an interpreter  had noted the significance of Nigeria in the formation of the Gulf of Guinea Commission in 2001.  He also stated that of the eight member countries consisting of Angola, Cameroun, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Cong, Sao Tome and Principe only the later was not an oil producing country.  He observed challenges posed by the Gulf were those of maritime , piracy etc which needed to be adequately addressed.  According to the Secretary, the Commission failed to discharge its primary mandate of securing the energy resource of the region and ensuring that these were peacefully exploited in ways that would provide the best possible advantage to the people of the region.  He therefore called on Nigeria to assist by supporting the Commission attain its mandate.

In attendance were the Minister of State Dr. Nurudeen Mohammed, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of , Dr. Martin I. Uhomoibi,  Amb. (Mrs.) Adenike Ukongo and some of the Commission’s Secretariat staff.

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