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Nigeria’s Role in Responding to Maritime Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea

23 January 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Chatham House, London


Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director General and CEO, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Nigeria has shown increased political will in combatting maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, as the government aims to strengthen the country’s blue economy and develop Nigeria as a maritime hub for West and Central Africa. However, commercial operators report ambiguities surrounding the region’s prevailing security model of embarked coastal state personnel on commercial vessels, which is formally prohibited in Nigeria’s territorial waters. Greater transparency and a standardization of policies across the region, together with further domestic capacity-building, are still required. Collaboration between the government and the private sector will be crucial in unlocking the country’s maritime potential. 
At this event, the speakers respond to concerns regarding Nigeria’s measures and capacity to ensure a safe maritime operating environment in the Gulf of Guinea. They highlight recent steps the government has taken to enhance Nigeria’s security capabilities, and examine the importance of a holistic approach in tackling the root causes of maritime insecurity. 

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.