Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd) has challenged African Navies to leverage the use of efficient technology and increased funding
to bring about improved ocean governance for robust blue economy in the continent.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Sea Power Africa Symposium 2021 featuring over 30 African countries and partnering European countries including US, Denmark, France, Portugal and Denmark, Magashi also emphasize the need for strong collaborative efforts, resource sharing and developing expertise.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Mr Musa Istifanus, the minister noted that deliberations in the Symposium revealed some critical issues confronting effective ocean governance such as gaps in the Maritime Domain Awareness infrastructures in various regions, inadequate maritime legal provisions as well as weak resource sharing framework for improved hydrographic capabilities.
A statement by Commodore Suleman Dahun, Director of Naval Information, quoted Genl Magashi saying these limitations would imperatively need to be addressed in order to improve the utility of Maritime Domain Awareness infrastructures.
He further identified with the position that the future of blue economy in Africa is intricately tied to effective ocean governance which is achievable through robustly integrated Maritime Domain Awareness infrastructure.
Enjoining participants to gear up efforts towards effectively implementing the resolutions which emanated from intense deliberations during the symposium, the minister affirmed that the objectives of the Seapower for Africa Symposium 2021 have been realized.
Furthermore, the Minister brought to fore the need for political leaders to place high premium on the maritime sector and relevant stakeholders in order to enhance cooperation in the management of Africa’s maritime spaces.
On his part, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo disclosed that Maritime Domain Awareness infrastructure constitutes a veritable force multiplier which offers naval forces invaluable leverage.
This infrastructure and technology enables the the African Navies to optimize the deployment of their platforms to effectively secure their maritime environment for sustainable economic development.