EU to provide 155 million euros in boosting security in Gulf of Guinea
Mr Kurt Cornelis, Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, announced in a press conference that the EU decided to support the implementation of strategies in maritime, fisheries and illegal drug trafficking that are taking place in the Gulf of Guinea.
According to Mr Cornelis, noted that despite security efforts there are still major threats in the Gulf, making the region the most dangerous in the world for piracy and robbery at sea for year 2018.
He continued that the EU is committed to support regional efforts to improve the security in the area, and support the developing capacity of coastal states.
“To this end, EU regional programs and the Gulf of Guinea dedicated to security, are currently worth more than 155 million euros. The Government not only supports the implementation of ECOWAS strategies, such as the integrated maritime security, but also the regional strategy to fight elicits, drug trafficking and illegal fishing.”
… Mr Cornelis highlighted.
The Combined Maritime Forces had establish a security corridor off Horn of Africa, the Head of Cooperation, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Kurt Cornelis, said this at the opening of a two-day maritime stakeholders information and coordination meeting on maritime security in Abuja.
In the meantime, Gen. Francis Benhazin, ECOWAS Commissioner, Political Affairs, Peace and Security, commented in reporters that the collaboration aims to find solutions to the existing problems and create a synergy of action to tackle the illegal actions taking place, in light of a protected maritime sector.