The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced plans to collaborate with the Republic of Korea on the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure otherwise known as the Deep Blue Project.
The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi who made this known when the first Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea (ROK), Mr Choi Jong-Kun, visited him on in Abuja said “We met in my office and discussed quite a lot that has to do with maritime relationship, especially the Deep Blue Project.
The deep blue project was deployed to protect the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) from piracy and other maritime crimes.
He said,”We concluded to collaborate and he promised some support and assistance from the government of the Republic of Korea.”
Earlier, the first Vice Minister, Foreign Affairs, ROK, expressed his country’s interest in collaborating with Nigeria on the project.
Jong-Kun said: “We commend the minister and the ministry’s initiative and the relentless implementation of the project.
”This is because it increases the maritime security of Nigeria, especially in the ground water and also contributes to the regional security and stability of the international community.
”We are interested in finding ways to secure the Gulf of Guinea, as Korea has strong fishery and maritime presence there.”
He, therefore, promised to support the Nigerian government to tackle maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.
The Korean diplomat disclosed the Korean government plans to host a joint commission with Nigeria in October in Seoul, Korea.
“We want the Minister of Transportation to be part of the joint commission, in Seoul, so that we talk about maritime security on the Gulf of Guinea”, he added.
The meeting was attended by the Nigerian Ambassador to Korea, Ali Magashi, and Directors of the Ministry of Transportation, amongst others.